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I thought: what fools we are with our children--always
plotting what we shall make of them,
always planning for
that never comes,
always intent on what they may
never accepting what they are.
Howard Vincent O'Brien
It is only by introducing the young to great
literature, drama and music,
and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the
possibilities that lie within the human spirit--enable them to see
and dream dreams.
are not casual guests in our home. They have
been loaned to us
for the purpose of loving
them and instilling
foundation of values on
their future lives will be built.
who help a child help humanity
with an immediateness
which no other help given to human
creature in any other
stage of human life can
possibly give again.
real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do
for the joy and love
of doing it, apart from any profit,
compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the
of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression. Play is the
of childhood, and its continuation in
later years is the prolongation of youth.
looking deep into the eyes of a child,
you are conscious
of meeting a glance full
of wisdom. The child has
known nothing yet
but love and beauty. All this
knowledge you have acquired is unguessed
by her. And yet you meet this wonderful look
tells you in a moment more than all the
experience have seemed to teach.
You may give them
your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
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term "a mere
been my invariable
experience that the
child is infinitely
preferable to that
Our religion is one which challenges
the ordinary human standards
by holding that
the ideal of
life is the spirit of a little child. We tend
wisdom and worldly prudence, but the Gospel
reverses all this. The Gospel says
that the inescapable
of entrance into the divine fellowship is
we turn and become
as a little child. As against our
we must become
tender and full of wonder
and unspoiled by the hard
on which we so often
pride ourselves. But when we really look
into the heart
of a child, willful as he or she may be, we are often
God has sent children into the world, not only to
but to serve as
sacred reminders of
something ineffably precious which
we are always in
of losing. The sacrament of childhood is thus a
I believe the powers of observation
in numbers of very young children to be
for its closeness and accuracy. Indeed, I think that most
grown people who are remarkable in this respect, may with
be said not to have lost the faculty,
than to have acquired it; the rather,
as I generally
observe such people to retain a certain freshness, and
and capacity of being pleased, which are also
they have preserved from their childhood.
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child should know a hill,
And the clean joy of running down its long slope
With the wind in his hair.
She should know a tree--
The comfort of its cool lap of shade,
And the supple strength of its arms
Balancing her between earth and sky
So she is a creature of both.
He should know bits of singing water--
The strange mysteries of its depths,
And the long sweet grasses that border it.
Every child should know some scrap
Of uninterrupted sky, to shout against;
And have one star, dependable and bright,
For wishing on.
Edna Casler Joll
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Your friends shall be the tall wind,
The river and the tree;
The sun that laughs and marches,
The swallow and the sea.
Your prayers shall be the murmur
Of grasses in the rain;
The song of wildwood thrushes
That makes God glad again.
And you shall run and wander
And you shall dream and sing
Of brave things and of bright things
Beyond the swallow's wing.
And you shall envy no man,
Nor hurt your heart with sighs,
For I will keep you simple
That God may make you wise.
Fanny Stearns Davis
ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
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.
we had paid no more attention
to our plants than we have
children, we would now be
living in a jungle of weed.
at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking
they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do.
adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the
use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative
deep inside? Children don't usually act in such a manner. If
angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished.
They can still play with that person the following day.
the Dalai Lama
the children of the world
Every single little boy and girl
Heaven plants a special seed
And we must have faith for these
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in the Father's eyes
Like the Father may we see
That they have a destiny
And give them the light of love to lead
Through the darkness around us now
To a place where hope is found
It might sound a
paradoxical thing to say--for surely never has a
generation of children
occupied more sheer hours of parental time--
but the truth is that we
We allowed you a
charade of trivial freedoms in order to avoid
making those impositions
on you that are in the end both the
training ground and proving ground
for true independence.
We pronounced you
strong when you were still weak in order to avoid
the struggles with you
that would have fed your true strength.
We proclaimed you
sound when you were foolish in order to avoid
in the long,
slow, slogging effort that is the only route
to genuine maturity of mind
Thus, it was no
small anomaly of your growing up that while you were
the most indulged
generation, you were also in many ways the most
to your own
meager devices by those into whose
safe-keeping you had been given.
only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.
young children are not afraid to express what they feel.
They are so loving that if they perceive love, they melt into
love. They are not afraid to love at all. That is the
of a normal human being. As children we are not afraid of the
future or ashamed of the past. Our normal human tendency is
to enjoy life, to play, to explore, to be happy, and to love.
Don Miguel Ruiz
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Kingdom of Ideas
Wilferd A. Peterson
the Kingdom of Ideas, become as a little child.
is nothing more resembles God's eyes," wrote Nikos
Kazantzakis, "than the eyes of a child."
has wide-eyed interest in everything. As God did, he looks
upon the world and finds it good.
does not block the flow of goodness into her life by thoughts of
fear and prejudice. Her mind is as open as are her eyes.
She experiences the wonder of life.
is an explorer. He is curious. He wants to know what
is on the other side of the moon, or the room. He
investigates things to find out what they are and how they
work. He asks questions. He loves to experiment.
lives in the world of fantasy where all great ideas are
born. It was probably a child who first dreamed of flying
through the air, hearing voices and music from the sky,
penetrating to the ocean depths. Before the reality comes
has the magic gift of imagination. She sees things that
aren't there. She creates in her mind the kind of a world
she wants to live in. She visualizes things as she wants
them to be.
has freshness of response. To him the world is ever new
and full of miracles and adventures. He reacts
spontaneously to the discoveries he makes each day.
follows the simple way. She does not become bogged down in
the complex and the obscure. She is natural, direct and
is confident. He has not learned all of the reasons why a
thing cannot be done. He ignores obstacles because he does
not know they exist.
learn from the child: The more childlike we are in our
approach to problems, the more creative we will be. Try
the fresh approach of a child.
I love little children, and it is not a slight thing
fresh from God, love us.
the children the way we accept trees--with gratitude,
because they are a blessing--but do not have expectations or desires.
You donít expect trees to change, you love them as they are.
Critics who treat
'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely
descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned
being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to
blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of
childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they
are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want
grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood
concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development.
When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been
ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read
openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including
fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
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the most dramatic manifestations of the life force is seen
in the plant kingdom. When times are harsh and what is needed
to bloom cannot be found, certain plants become spores. These
plants dampen down and wall off their life force in order to survive.
It is an effective strategy. Spores found in mummies, spores
thousands of years old, have unfolded into plants when
given the opportunity of nurture.
When no one listens, children form spores. In an environment
to their uniqueness, when they are judged, criticized, and reshaped
through approval into what is wanted rather than supported and
allowed to develop naturally into who they are, children wall the
unloved parts of themselves away. People may become spores young
and stay that way throughout most of their lives. But a spore is a
survival strategy, not a way of life. Spores do not grow.
What you needed to do to survive may be very different
from what you need to do to live.
Rachel Naomi Remen
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If
want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
must be taught how to think, not what to think.
think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them
to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to
experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway. . .
let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.
C. JoyBell C.
emotionally, and physically, the human being is designed
for a long childhood, followed by a short adolescence and then
adulthood--the state of responsible, self-reliant wholeness. What
we see our children experiencing now, however, is an ever-shorter
childhood, followed by a premature, prolonged adolescence from
which ever fewer seem to be emerging.
Te of Piglet
who have learned to be comfortably dependent can
become not only comfortably independent, but can also become
comfortable with having people depend on them. They can learn,
or stand and be learned upon, because they know what
a good feeling it can be to be needed.
World According to Mr. Rogers
always challenge me to live in the present. I marvel at their
ability to be fully present to me. Their uninhibited expression of
and their willingness to receive it pull me directly into the moment
and invite me to celebrate life where it is found.
When you have children,
you realize how easy it is to not see
them fully, and perhaps miss all those early years. If you are
not careful, you can be too absorbed in work, and they will
be only to happy to tell you about it later. Being a parent is
one of the greatest mindfulness practices of all.
must provide not only outer warmth for their child but also
inner warmth. They must create an atmosphere with a sense of
security in which the child feels love and acceptance.
the Dalai Lama