Sometimes we see something and it cuts right to the core. Sometimes we hear something so clearly expressed we wonder how we could ever have missed it. Sometimes we read something and know it expresses eternal truth.
More and more, I am coming to the conclusion that all such wisdom is either understandable to children or it is suspect and perhaps counterfeit.
A dear freind shared something with me yesterday that moved me in this way:
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the 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.
My hunch is this is precisely what Jesus was trying to teach us when he told us that unless we become like little children we will never enter the Kingdom of God.
Sometimes we confound ourselves with convoluted statements that simply obfuscate the truth. Sometimes children have it hands down over adults. Most of the time, the extraordiary is right before us!
― “Make the Ordinary Come Alive” is by William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents, #35.