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 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.

William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
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2 Responses to Make the ordinary come alive

  1. TanteLappe 11/06/2014 at 21:15 #

    Helt sant!

  2. Nina Haug 12/06/2014 at 14:42 #

    Tankevekkende og veldig sant :)

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