by William Martin
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but is it 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 have to constantly contend
with the pressure for ever more,
and ever bigger,
that culture seeks to impose
on your children
It takes courage and discipline
to go slow,
and see clearly.
But the rewards are great.
What ordinary thing can you do together today?
I want to share this with you. I find these words to be so honest, and beautiful. I hope that you will strive to be this kind of person, parent, grandparent, etc. Our children need us to allow them to grow at their own pace not pressured into greatness as we define it. Simply love the little ones in our lives for which we are blessed.