In my experience, when asking parents this leading question, and giving them time to consider the importance of such a profound question, the answers tend toward the ones you will find in the following list.What would happen if we made the commitment to want these things for ourselves as well as for our children? Wouldn't our lives be happier and wouldn't we be more successful in promoting the happiness of those around us?
I want my children to be happy, and free from hang-ups in life.
I want them to know how to enjoy life and appreciate every day as a miracle.
I want them to feel successful and significant as people regardless of what they do.
I want them to have positive feelings about themselves and about life.
I want them to grow up knowing how to avoid having the inevitable problems defeat them in any way.
I want them to avoid being depressed and miserable.
I want them to avoid growing up to be neurotic.
I want them to have a strong sense of inner peace that will sustain them through difficult times.
I want them to value the now: to take pleasure in life's journey, avoiding over emphasis on a destination.
I want them to know that they are the designers of their lives, that they have the power to choose and change their lives.
I want them to be sensitive and responsible to, and have a reverence for, nature and humanity.
I want them to find and explore their potential and feel satisfied and challenged with a purpose in life.
I want them to feel loved and loving.
I want them to find the opportunities that are hidden in life's inevitable painful experiences.
I want them to be on friendly terms with health - physically and mentally.
Friday, March 02, 2007
The good life
Today I came across an excerpt from the book entitled What Do You Really Want for Your Children? by Wayne Dyer. Take a look at something he says: