Living is not a race; it is a journey, something to be enjoyed each day. You can do a great deal to help children to understand this important truth, and you will get a nice bonus as well—that is, a lot less anxiety for yourself as part of the bargain.
Some time ago, my mother wrote me the following poem that summarizes beautifully the feeling I want to convey to anyone involved in a child's life.
A mother can but guide ...
then step aside—I knew
I could not say, "This is the way
that you should go."
For I could not forsee
what paths might beckon you
to unimagined heights
that I might never know.
Yet, always in my heart
That you would touch a star . . .
I'm not surprised!
— Hazel Dyer
You can help your own children to touch their own stars if you follow that important advice. Guide, then step aside.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is the co-author of four children's books, the most recent titled, No Excuses (Hay House). His voice can be heard in the new Pixar film Day & Night, released June 18 with Toy Story 3.
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