Monday, March 16, 2009

Thought for the Day

I lifted this poem from Pal Alden's blog, Stream of Consciousness. He didn't write it; he found it on the internet and passed it along, same as me. This may be a useful parents whose kids aren't all grown up yet, as Pal's and mine are.

Hindsight

If I had my children to raise all over again,

I'd finger-paint more, and point the fingers 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 build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I'd teach less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

2 comments:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

What a wonderful piece. It's my son't 24th birthday today and how I wish that I had fingerpainted more.
Awesome post!!

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Reggie Girl! I'm glad you liked it.