Make the Ordinary Come Alive
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.
Quote from ‘The Parent’s Tao Te Ching” by William Martin
**Inspired by AngelPat who had this on her FB wall.
Today I leave you with this simple post. No need for external writings from me.
Tell me, what do you think?
I thought so too! ♥
Such a very lovely poem!
I thought so too Wendell! ♥
Reblogged this on On the Homefront and commented:
I so believe this……..
I agree 🙂
Me too! Thanks Miriam! ♥
So beautiful! I love the notion that wonder is an inherent part of being extraordinary. Hope you have a wonderful and extraordinary day!
Hugs from Ecuador,
I hope you do too! Thanks for visiting! Love to see your happy face! 🙂
My sentiments exactly ~ for you as well! ♥
This is extraordinary. I am writing a post scheduled for April 10 on this very theme, and within the body of the post, I refer to you. When I came here to copy your link to embed in the message, I found a message today that is so appropriate for what I am writing! So now, instead of linking to your home page, I plan to link to this exact post – hope you don’t mind? I got my BEAUTIFUL card from you last night (in held mail that was delivered after we had been away) – the quality of these cards is stunning and makes my photos look prettier! Whenever I dig out from under my hopeless backlog of undone work, I really do hope to start sending them myself! Thanks so much for all you do!
Julia, I love how synchronicity works, don’t you? I would be honored to have you link to my post! Thank you! I am so happy you loved your card! Your photos often make me think of notecards and so when it hits me, I just send you a card with your photo! That way you can see how much they mean to the rest of us! Please let me know when you want to start sending. I have a little something for you when you’re ready. xo
I Love this!
I enjoy in your posts so much…
Ta-daaa, I have something for you: http://ivymosquito.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/my-liebster-award-german-for-dearest/ ❤
You are so sweet!!! Thank you xoxox Big hugs to you! Congrats to you Iva!
Congrats to you too! Yaaay 😀
We are a ⭐
Oh yes we are! xoxoxo ♥♥♥
How important it is, as parents, to lead with a gentle hand, an open ear and a loving heart. The simple things in life are truly the most beloved! Great post, xo
How very true Heather…xo
Nice words. Thanks for sharing.
That sums up what I believe …. beautiful!
Thanks Kathy! ♥
I love love love it, that’s what I think! In so many ways. xo
I think this is beautiful. Such grace and ease and truth.
Thanks Louise ~ I thought you might enjoy it like I did! ♥
A beautiful expression of just to simply enjoy life and those extra special moments and those extra special moments will unfold on their own. Thanks for sharing. Peace, love, bliss.
Thank you for stopping by! ♥
Beautiful. I’d like to use it as one of my beautiful things sometime and will credit you and William Martin if you are happy with that. I’m not a fan of reblogging. 🙂
Please feel free ~ let me know when you do so that I can stop by! ♥ I’m coming over to visit anyway today! Thanks for visiting here! Have an extraordinary day!
I so like how we all connect! We have Lou to thank for this connection. Thank you for your visits and your appreciation! 🙂
Well then, thank you LOU! ♥
I’m linking to you tonight! 🙂
Terrific! I can’t wait! 🙂
I do not know of this book…but it is so timely that you shared it now. I know someone very dear to me who needs this right now! Much love and blessings to you 🙂
So happy I could help! xoxo
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There is so much joy in simplicity and following our own heart songs. Thank you for your follow and I am so glad I have found your blog… ❤
I am happy we have connected. ♥
I love this post! Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. Blessings, N 🙂
Thank you! I started wandering through your blog posts and I am enthralled! You have a lovely blog Natalie. I am grateful for our connection. ♥
Thank you. I’m very glad we are connected too. 🙂
That’s one beautiful poem!! Can you tell me which book this is? If this is the 35th poem, I would wanna read the rest as well!
I do not have the book, but I believe the quote is from “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching” by William Martin. Thanks for stopping by!