PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 15: “It surely will help if children understand Life’s simple, unalterable truths early on:
1. What goes up, comes down and will go back up again; also, what goes around, comes around!
2. Until we get what we want, we must be patient.
3. Life happens through us and not because of us.
4. This human form, this lifetime, is a gift that we must be eternally grateful for.
So, even if we can’t teach them or give them anything else, let us imbue in our children an appreciation for Life through these four perspectives – Faith, Patience, Humility and Gratitude. This is how we can prepare them for going through Life with equanimity, happily, despite whatever circumstances they have to deal with!”― A. Viswanathan
This pretty much sums it up for me. We all need to learn this. We cannot teach what we do not know to do. Children have never before and never will learn from what we say. They will learn and replicate what we do.
If I say I am passionate about saving my planet, and then do toxic things that harm it, my lesson is not effective at all. I must learn first to walk what I believe and then it is teaching that I can feel good about. And I must always have patience with myself and others in the process.
So, we practice, practice, practice spiritual principles. They inform others, especially the children, about how to navigate life. What are we showing them today?