Ever Considered the Possibilities?
The study of history is both inspiring and tragic. The inspiration comes when we read of great achievements and the sorrow is felt as we discover many acts of cruelty, war, and man’s acts of total disregard for human life. Parents want to protect their children from the dark side and pray for their well-being in development, education, social skills, and spiritual strength.
The best part of any parent or grand parent’s time with children is helping them to imagine. The ability of a child to see life through eyes that are fresh and make us smile again at the simple things. And, when we hear their dreams of what they aspire to be and do in life, those are the moments we want to teach that the world is filled with great possibilities and that your child ”is smart and can do anything that they are willing to work hard to do”.
Nothing is done,” Lincoln Steffens once wrote. “Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted. The greatest play isn’t written. The greatest poem is unsung.” Nothing is perfect, we can add. There’s no perfect airline. There’s no perfect government. There’s no perfect law.
Faucets still drip, as one did years ago in the Steffens household. As he and his seven-year-old son tried to fix it, Steffens had to admit that his generation could not make a fit faucet. “But,” said Steffens, referring to his son, “he may.”
There’s a job for him and his generation in the plumbing business, and in every other business. Teach your children that nothing is done, finally and right; that nothing is known, positively and completely; that the world is soon to be theirs—all of it. (Copied).
It was the things “yet to be done” that has provided us with wireless technology, medical cures that were thought impossible years ago, and technological advances that would be fantasy if we did not have access to use them daily. The dreams and aspirations of a generation has expanded our horizon. Only when a dream is truly impossible should we ever seek to re-direct that young visionary’s thought process.
A lady was having a great conversation with her little girl. The goal was to help the little girl realize that she could dream big dreams and if she worked hard enough, they would be realized.
Her five-year-old daughter greeted her with the news that when she grew up she wanted to be a nurse. There was a time when nursing was thought by many to be a “woman’s job.” The attentive mom told her zealous daughter she could be anything she wanted to be.
“You can be a lawyer, a surgeon, a banker, President of the United States you can be anything.” Lisa looked a little dubious.
“Anything? Anything at all?” She thought about it, and then her face lit up with ambition. “All right,” she said. “I’ll be a horse.”