'Do not ask your children
to strive for extraudinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraudinary will take care of itself.
You will have to constantly contend
with the pressure for ever more,
and ever bigger,
that culture seeks to impose
on your children
It takes courage and discipline
to go slow,
and see clearly.
But the rewards are great.
What ordinary thing can you do together today?'
by William Martin, from 'The Parent's Tao Te Ching'