Parenting has no standard lesson plan. We teach what we know the best we can.
My four kids are 18, 16, 16, and 12 years old. They are good kids, truth be told.
They are honest, responsible, smart, and kind. Yet time runs out to mold the mind.
I often wonder what lessons did I miss as a father. And is it to late to teach yet another.
My sphere of influence shrinks by the day. I hope I taught these four lessons along the way.
1. Passion to Pursue Dreams
I hope my encouragement taught them the passion to pursue their dreams.
I hope they have the curiosity to create something new.
I hope they imagine all that is possible beneath the sun and moon beams.
I hope they find the inner passion found by so few.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
2. Courage to Conquer Fears
I hope my triumphs taught them the courage to conquer their fears.
I hope they vanquish the monsters in their minds.
I hope they build confidence to take risks and welcome the tears.
I hope they find the inner courage released from the binds.
“There is no illusion greater than fear.” ― Lao Tzu
3. Strength to Survive Failures
I hope my mistakes taught them the strength to survive their failures.
I hope they see it as yet another way to not do something.
I hope they learn from their mistakes and find their personal cures.
I hope they find their inner strength to overcome failure’s sting.
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. Peace to Perceive Spirit
I hope my balance taught them the peace to perceive their spirit.
I hope they study religions and find their own truth in each.
I hope they develop integrity and learn to live it.
I hope they find their inner peace and their soul they do reach.
“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
― Black Elk
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