Thursday, July 2, 2009

Words of Life

I have alot to learn about parenting... but I think I will start here.

Words of Life

You can speak to your children of life,
but your words are not life itself.
You can show them what you see,
but your showing and their seeing
are forever different things.

You cannot speak to them of Divinity itself.
But you can share with them
the millions of manifestations of this Reality
arrayed before them every moment.
Since these manifestations have their origin in the Tao,
the visible will reveal the invisible to them.

Don’t mistake your desire to talk for their
readiness to listen.
Far more important are the wordless truths they
learn from you.
If you take delight in the ordinary wonders of
they will feel the depth of your pleasure
and learn to experience joy.
If you walk with them in the darkness of life’s
you will open the gate of understanding.

~ William Martin (The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents)

I am going to frame this poem and put it on the wall in the little munchkin's room.


Brittany Ann said...

"Far more important are the wordless truths they
learn from you." So true!

Gina said...

Oooh! That's cool! Love it!

Kristen said...

aww that is such a good idea!! Just clicked your blog off of Brittany's :)

Anonymous said...

love it... and very true.

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

I love that!

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Anrazel said...

I like the part about wordless truths the best. Your example is so much more meaningful than the words you speak. I love it!