“Life is a journey, not a destination”
In a world where everyone’s in a race either with themselves or in competition with others, how many amongst us ever stop to wonder about the destination. We keep running, passing on the baton to our kids. If we all could just pause for a moment and reflect on our journey, where we are headed to and whether the means justify the end, and taking it a little further – if the end was worth it all, we would find solutions to so many of life’s puzzles.
What are we teaching our children – both by words as well as from our actions? What are we after? While there is no doubt that monetary stability is one of the key factors to achieve success in life, is that all that matters? While each financial benchmark achieved is only a step to aim for the next, of what use is all this power, position and financial success without the heart and mind that stops to smell the flowers along the way; running blindly towards quenching an unquenchable thirst – the ever eluding elixir of life called HAPPINESS.
Happiness is not in running forward but in running together; alongside the people in our lives. Happiness lies in appreciating the little things in everyday life. Chasing butterflies, climbing trees, hearing the song of the morning bird, the morning dew under our feet, sometimes also in running away after ringing the doorbell or breaking someone’s window panes. The everyday little things are what create memories and not the one international vacation we blow a fortune on. As a wise man once said, “It’s the little things in life that matter the most”.
While success in life translates as money to most of us, of what use is that success if one hasn’t cultivated a heart that appreciates everything that comes our way? How does a parent create a successful child without teaching him the values that lead to it? Each day brings its own share of gifts; teaching a child to keep his/her eyes and mind open to the possibilities and positivity is the true measure of success. Wiring a child’s mind to appreciate the opportunity would foster the healthy mindset to appreciate subsequent success. This is the key to everlasting success and happiness. Beginning each day with a grateful heart inculcates the habit of finding joy in every moment. The dawn of the day, wonderful parents, grandparents, being surrounded by friends and family that bring happiness in our world – every opportunity is a reason to be grateful for.
The whole world is a teacher. While in the literal sense, teaching is done orally, it is still nothing more than preaching. Showing our children the value of every moment is to live that life of integral values ourselves – appreciation, gratefulness, respect for every being around us – these are the true measures of success.
Because “Children learn from what you are than what you teach”, let us begin with a little bit of introspection before we endeavor to influence our offspring. Wishing everyone a lifetime of wonderful and joyous parenting, let us join hands to create better global citizens.