Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday...

2 beautiful quotes, from 2 very different and beautiful books!

"Your job, then, should you chose to accept it, is to keep searching for the metaphors, rituals and teachers that will help you move ever closer to divinity. The Yogic scriptures say that God responds to the sacred prayers and worship - just so long as those prayers are sincere. People follow different paths, staright or crooked, according to their temperament, depending on which they consdier best, or most appropriate - and all reach You, just as rivers enter the ocean."

~ Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert

"Kids, I want you two to remember something: This little fellow is not yours; he is just on loan to you for 18 years!"
At that moment, we had no idea what Dr. Cobb meant.
Think of your child's life like a mortgage. Every day he will make a payment. By age nine, he will be half owner of his life: And by age 9 he better be making half of his own big decisions!
You both have a pretty clear understanding of how much authority you'll have in the life of your child when he is two years old, don't you?
Well, sir, we haven't thought that far ahead. We're kind of operating by crisis managment. First a feeding, then a dirty diaper, then a nap, then another diaper, then another feeding and so on.
Okay, I'm going to run through a list for you, and you tell me which things you feel you should be in control of when your son is two years old. Will you decide what time he gets up and what time he goes to bed?
Will you be in charge of who he plays with?
Yes, of course.
Will you establish the boundaries of the play area?
Well kids, I want you to remember the list of things you feel you should bein charge of when he is two. I want you to look at it often! Those are the things he should be in control of by the time he turns 16!
At age 2 he only own two eighteenths of his life. But every day he makes another payment. By age 16, he owns the same majority of his mortgage that you owned when he was 2!"

~Parenting with Dignity
Mac Bledsoe


Anonymous said...

UGH. I LOVE Eat Pray Love. I swear you were my bff in a past life.

Andrea said...

Lady: Awww shucks! that was the nicest comment I have gotten!

Andrea said...

Lady: Awww shucks! that was the nicest comment I have gotten!

Laura said...

Andrea - I just found you today via your post on GenPink, which I LOVED... congrats on the baby! I just wanted to say I love Eat, Pray, Love as well. I just went through a breakup with my ex-fiance 2 months ago and this book helped me tremendously to get through it, it's such a well-written and beautiful book, as you said. In fact I'm starting a series of posts on my blog with quotes from the book that particularly spoke to me.