Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Buttercup
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 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. 

By William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

Thank you, David Lose.

Second post: Card version

41 thoughts on “Make the Ordinary Come Alive

  1. We should all make the ordinary extraordinary by noticing how wonderful it is and by teaching the younger generation to appreciate it. There is magic in the “ordinary” because nothing IS ordinary!

  2. Oh, what great sweet advice!

    p.s. Thanks so much for all of your many kind comments on my posts! An early Happy Mother’s Day to ya!

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