It may not
Look like it
But the children
are in charge
The only world
They are bringing
The infinite of their being
Their love is mature
I have great joy in being with thousands of kids every year. Some might define me as a children’s musician but I prefer the job description of, Greatness Amplifier, Engagement Specialist, Experience Generator. I like this description for how perfect it is for what I do performing music with kids, while at the same time it’s not limited to any specific skills or career.
Is there proof love exists?
Children can prove
Love is not based on commitment
It is captured in a moment
As a full-time kid’s musician since 1990, I have the blessing of being with thousands of kids every year.
Kids have never said to me directly
“Teach me something”
But they ALWAYS
Have something urgent
To tell me
Maybe one of the best methods of teaching
What kids have to say.
and their ideas as valuable
I perform music with 1000’s of kids every year. As a full-time kid’s musician since 1990, if I had to choose one piece of advice for parents, I would say,
“THE BEST THING PARENTS CAN DO FOR THEIR CHILDREN IS BE WORTHY.”
What you can receive from your kids matters more than what you give them.
We often try so hard to give children everything they need that kids are not able to give what they have.
Far and away the best gift you can give your children is to be able to receive all the love they have to give you.
If we want our children to feel loved and grow triumphantly in this world, parents need to allow themselves to be lovable.
Little experiences are often overlooked. It surprises me how tiny observations can have profound meaning.
It was Wednesday morning, I pulled into a preschool parking lot to perform a children’s concert.
While unloading my car, a mom arrived with a young boy probably three years old. He had a super ball that bounced out of his hand and into the road. The mom grabbed his arm to keep him from running into the busy street.
I did not expect to hear him make the same exact sound my sisters made when they learned my dad died. It was an unmistakable death wail, spontaneous and deep from one’s soul.
What I call “Super ball moments” are brief experiences of trauma. What we associate about the trauma is more dangerous than the pain itself. There can be lifelong consequences when we decide to connect beliefs of what the situation means to our identity.
There are countless reactions that could come from this super ball experience.
Ram Dass: I think that more than ever we are beginning to awaken to the fact that we are part of an eco-system and that we are entities in that with some responsibility for the nest we live in and the maintenance of the nest. In the same way that we clean up our house, we also have to clean up our environment. That consciousness seems to be slow in happening because the motivation to keep it from happening — because there are economic costs in that awakening — that in the reorganization — not in the long run, but in the short run — there is an economic realignment of power.
And the people that have the power have a lot of inertia. I mean the stockholders of a big company are not ready to do dramatic shifts unless they are forced to do it because it changes the amount of dividends that come. And all of us aren’t quite willing to change our lives that much in the little ways. I mean, we don’t have to make those big guys the bad guys, because we’re all part of that web too. But there is an increasing consciousness now about rain forests, about air, about water, and so on. It is hard to access what the outcome will be.
This month’s blog post is very personal, and I’ve been quiet about this area of my life because the truth is that I don’t have answers. And, those who know me well, know I love answers. I’ve tried to find them, but I only find more questions. Uncertainty and confusion walk alongside me nearly every day, making me feel very uncomfortable and exposed. But I feel drawn to share some insights I’ve had over the past few months about pleasing people and finding our true selves.
My father suffers from dementia, maybe Alzheimer’s. I don’t always get straight answers. I only know what I know based on the quality of the information I’ve been given, but no one can say for sure until after death. All I know for sure is that the man I see today is different than the man I knew yesterday. Tomorrow will be a different day too. Nothing’s certain with dementia. Then again, nothing’s ever been certain with my dad.
There is nothing like being a mom, to make you come face-to-face with mortality.
In all I have survived in this life thus far, I am still alive and kicking - figuratively and relatively. But, there is nothing. And I mean, NOTHING - That has made me look Mortality dead in the face – screaming – I AM NOT READY or NOT NOW - like being a mother has.
Our night time routines are rather long with our children. Well, I should say, my bedtime routine. I have a series of loving steps that I like to take each night with both of my littles to remind them that they are cherished and loved. Appreciated and heard. Unique and special.
We start with our prayers and then go into – what I like to call positive affirmations. Continue by talking about our day and acknowledging that maybe we made some not-so-great decisions, but tomorrow is the start of a new day and the slate is wiped clean.
One particular evening recently, during my bedtime routine with my oldest, Mortality crept in there in the most unexpected way. Usually, I will wander off into the future of possibilities for my littles. Flash forward and I see them graduating college, finding their way, learning new skills, getting married, and possibly having children of their own. Naturally, in these thoughts of the future – a time that has not yet occurred; I face Mortality – heaving from its dark cavern. I can feel the chill of its cold breath breathing on my skin. But then, I quickly jump back into my daydream or lock on ever so tightly to the present moment.
Your children are gifts from the universe.
As parents you have the most important job in the world. You have the profound privilege to impact and guide another soul.
The goal isn’t to make them into the image that you think they should be. But to provide the space and environment for them to become their most authentic selves.
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