Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.Plato
Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.Carl Jung
A Father’s Guide to Wisdom
Hello Friends. I hope all is well on your journey to navigate that enjoyable time we call parenting during this modern era. Today, I turn my sites to the classics. Yes. I brought the philosophy of Plato and the psychology of Carl Jung to the forefront to remind us of that parental duty we all undertake to raise the next generation to be kind, caring, and loving citizens.
In all the hustle of modern materialism, it seems we forget the basics. We forget those dreamlike states we once had as children, where the loving gaze of a plush toy could fixate our attention for hours, as we experimented to know the secrets life holds in store for us. Yes, that fantasy play we all engaged in as children, drove our journey to explore, experiment with, and learn from the wonderment life affords each of us.
In today’s inspiration, Plato reminds us of the need we have to return to that state of reverence so common to childhood development. That is the plight of our adult life. But we do this not as a means of regression. As Carl Jung found out so keenly, we follow the seasons of life to return to that from which we came to learn from, grow within, and pass on to the next generation those foundational lessons that move us all.
Let us be prepared in our journey to raise the next generation. Let us lead through examples of love, kindness, and a willingness to listen and work through those inconsistencies that divide us to find a middle ground. By doing so, we may just learn from leading by example, and find ways for real intergenerational growth to flourish in harmony with those values we hold dear.
Namaste, my friends. May you find prayers and blessings on your journey to believe, achieve, and advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.