Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Parents Tao Te Ching

‎"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.

You will constantly have to contend with the pressure for ever more, and even bigger, that culture seeks to impose on your children and you. It takes... courage and discipline to go slow, live simply, and see clearly. But the rewards are great. What ordinary thing can you do together today?"

- "Make the Ordinary Come Alive" - The Parents Tao Te Ching, William Martin

1 comment:

Gramma Carol said...

Oh my - one of the things I could read every day. Love it.