Monday, 14 July 2014

Parenting Prompt

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.

Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.

Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

By William Martin
Excerpt from The Parent’s Tao Te Ching

Thanks to Adele who shared this on Facebook a few weeks ago. I hadn't read it before, it's beautiful.


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