Ordinary Life

Words we can all benefit from:

“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.”

Advice from William Martin from his book “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents”



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  1. That ordinary life, LuAnn, is what I defined as extraordinary to my daughter. Perhaps, sometimes, it’s a matter of definition? xoxoM

  2. Excellent advice.

    • it is, isn’t it–something you can impart to your favourite grandchild now

  3. Wonderful…

  4. Very wise

  5. It’s so true that in these days of electronic wizardry… we need to teach our children some simple and beautiful things in life… like nature and birds and walks in the woods, and kindness to the elderly…. etc etc Diane

    • from your mouth…………..
      I must say though that it took me a long time to slow down and appreciate what is around me

  6. Love it!! 🙂

  7. I try to be mindful …. regularly …. appreciating the ordinary moments of life. I’ll stop and pause to appreciate anything and everything (from chirping birds to slippery dishwater) and express my gratitude.

    • you know what I love about you? you take stuff that tends to boggle my mind and make it more ordinary and understandable, thus beautiful in its own way–I must thank you for that

  8. Oh how interesting–I saw this on Facebook last month and posted it on my wall. Sounds like we’re thinking alike again. 🙂

    • I saw it on FB too and wanted to share it here and keep it as something I can find easily

      • That’s why I shared it, too. To remember it. Wish I could have taught this to our kids more…

      • even though they are grown–we still can–I still am learning

      • Yes, you are so right.

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