February 18, 2008

Learning From Children

I am really lucky. I see show after show, book after book where children want nothing more than to move away from parents and to visit with them as infrequently as possible. Our three children live no further than 20 minutes. Even my other three (from my first marriage) live less than 2 hours away.) I know it’s not luck; I am blessed and blessed with a wife who attracts.

Now we have 6 grandchildren (I have 7) and one more on the way. I used to think it was simply about loving them, enjoying them; enjoying myself through them. And I see that I learn from them, as I learned from my children 30-40 years ago.

I see my grandchildren as fully realized human beings, expressing themselves through their limited capacities and struggling to adapt. My youngest, Camron, is my best teacher, because I see him daily. Every day he changes. He tells me he’s tired, hungry, happy or bored,... He experiments how to use his body as it gains new capacities virtually daily. He constantly explores, tiny head swiveling left and right. He changes from asking to demanding very quickly and ratchets down as quickly. And he is beginning to talk by cooing and gurgling (and bawling.)

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Useful Quotations

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
Peter Drucker

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy!
Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil
from the face of God.
Rumi

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his [or her] happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
Andy Rooney  

Creation Corner

Michael Lipp

Babysat Again

In the morning
Phil takes Diamond to school
And I watch Camron
Sometimes Camron fusses
And sometimes chortles

He never waits;
Waiting is for adults
He doesn’t know this time is mine
All time is his
As it should be
My time is very briefly loaned to me

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Creating Today - A daily journal on creativity
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Blogging for the Reading - Making a Difference in how we Create
Michael's Articles - articles that don't fit anywhere else.
Michael's Poetry - Words From My Fingers

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