Monday, April 14, 2008

If I had my child to raise over again.

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd model less about the love of power,
and more about the power of love.

Diane Loomans - Photo by Greg Olsen


Anonymous said...

Excellent... and I will try to balance what I think is important with what Nic does... -Matt

FCB said...

That will be a fun challenge. Wish I were there more often to play it out with you.
Love Dad