What's the one piece of advice you would give your daughter?

February 8, 2018

It's a tough question to answer but, if you had to choose only one piece of advice to give her, what would you say? Angelina Jolie revealed something important she says to her girls in an interview with former Secretary of State, John Kerry:

“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.'”

Wow. That's hitting the nail smack on the head and it reminds me of something I remember Wayne Dyer stressing about being in service to others. He talked about wake up each day and asking himself, What can I do for someone? --- even before he hit the bathroom, which is impressive. (I'm often still comatose when I manage to get into the bathroom first thing). His point, I think, was that it doesn't have to be elaborate. It could be as simple as sending an encouraging email, or making a phone call to someone who is lonely. It could be doing a chore around the house that someone else always does to give him/her a break. Let your imagination run wild.

It's a crucial reminder of what actually matters. In the Kardashian crazed world right now, it's easy for young women to get wrapped up in taking a self-portrait that makes them look like the perfect plastic doll and forget what actually makes them essential in life. (For the record, I've never understood the appeal of the Kardashian clan. They're all some of the worsed influences on young women and are so ridiculous that I never bother to make mention of their useless antics on air).

Angelina has seen some of the worst places a person can live, along with some of the best, so I expect that she has a pretty low bullsh*t meter. I like that she's using her fame to shine a spotlight on people who need our attention and I'm very curious to see how her children will carry on this legacy of service. The whole interview is pretty interesting if you want to read it.

Here she is at a refugee camp in Jordan and below with her daughters Shiloh and Zahara.