Olympic ideals for parents
The Olympic torch came through our town a few weeks ago. It was a wet day; the children were allowed time off school to see this once in a lifetime event with their families. I took my two girls, who were distinctly underwhelmed; in fact they spent a lot of time moaning.
It doesn’t matter though, they saw it and the youngest took the photograph of the torch bearer as she had the best view. I haven’t parented outside the 21st century so I can’t compare the job with that of my parents, or theirs, but I suspect every generation faces its own unique challenges, as well as some in common. I believe as parents, all that you can do, is provide the opportunity for them and let them make of it what they will.
I wrote this to myself as a reminder, for when things get tough, as they always do.
You cannot have all of it
Use your wisdom
Let go of something, or something will let go of you.
At least if you take the former option you have the choice
Take photographs. You cannot have too many.
Whatever you hope to remember you will most assuredly forget
Do one thing at a time – you will get less done, better
If you’re in the room, be in the room
Make time to leave the room. Alone
Listen with your heart
Don’t live just in your head
Get in your body – it’s missed you
Guilt is the most pointless construct, until you commit a crime. If you are legal, ditch the guilt
Our best is all we have to give
Sometimes we think our best is not good enough – even then it is all we have to give
Give what you can
Take as little as you need
Stick your tongue out in the snow
Kick off your shoes
Take a walk in the rain
Wear holes in your socks
Let the light in
But know when to draw the blinds
Accept imperfection, it is your friend
Look them in the eye
Gaze into your soul
Mostly, stay hungry, stay foolish (via Steve Jobs)
Discover your purpose,
And pass the torch on