You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their soul, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. – Khalil Gibran
Dr. Samuel Johnson once said, “Above all, accustom your children constantly to tell the truth; without varying in any circumstance.” A lady who heard him said, “Nay, this is too much, for a little variation in narrative must happen a thousand times a day, if one is not perpetually watching.” “Well, madam,” said the Doctor, “you ought to be perpetually watching.” ………….. A man who gives his children habits of industry, provides for them better than by giving them a fortune. Whately. ………….. A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. —Longfellow. ………….. Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories. —John Wilmot …………… Be very vigilant over thy child in the April of his understanding, lest the frost of May nip his blossoms. While he is a tender twig, straighten him; whilst he is a new vessel, season him; such as thou makest him, such commonly shalt thou find him. Let his first lesson be obedience, and his second shall be what thou wilt. —Quarles. ………… Children need roots somewhere while they are growing up, and parents might do well to choose the place where they want to raise them before they have them. – Peace Pilgrim …………… Children are our most valuble resource. – Herbert Hoover … Children are usually what their mothers were, or are. —Landor. …………… Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. – James Baldwin (1924-1987) … Children need models rather than critics. —Joseph Joubert. …………… Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. —Milton. …………… Could it be believed that a child should be forced to learn the rudiments of a language which he is never to use, and neglect the writing a good hand, and casting accounts? —Locke. ……………. “Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” – Charles F. Kettering …………… His cares are eased with intervals of bliss: His little children, climbing for a kiss, Welcome their father’s late return at night. —Dryden. ………………. If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl’s weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God’s noblest work; a woman made out of a man is his meanest. —Beecher. ………………. If I were to choose among all gifts and qualities that which, on the whole, makes life pleasantest, I should select the love of children. No circumstance can render this world wholly a solitude to one who has this possession.—T.W. Higginson.
I never hear parents exclaim impatiently, “Children, you must not make so much noise,” that I do not think how soon the time may come when, beside the vacant chair, those parents would give all the world, could they hear once more the ringing laughter which once so disturbed them. —A. E. Kittredge. ………………. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass ………………. The child’s restless observation, instead of being ignored or checked, should be diligently ministered to, and made as accurate as possible. —Herbert Spencer. ………………. The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues. —Cicero. ………………. These little shoes! How proud she was of these! Can you forget how, sitting on your knees, She used to prattle volubly, and raise Her tiny feet to win your wondering praise? —William Canton. …………… What the child says out of doors, he has learned indoors. – ??? …. What is there in nature so dear to man as his own children? —Cicero. ….. Words of praise are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers. —Bovee. … Your children need your presence more than your presents. – Jesse Jackson
Christmas and the New Year period is normally one of peace and finding good cheer, love and friendship with one another. A tranquil time settles just after Christmas Eve and Day festivities. We hope such will extend beyond January 1st and those good nations with good people sadly suffering from turmoil and troubles, will find peace and good will in the coming year.
Despite our fears, frailties and shortcomings, we are all human beings, being ultimately from the same race. The majority of us try and show goodwill and fellowship to each other. Those that are fundamentalist whether religious or political and who have their own agendas to gain personal power at any level and by any means, should be marginalised and common sense from the common people should prevail.
We the sensible people, know that those who preach radicalism, hate and intolerance, do not pay heed to the true words and meaning uttered by our God, saviour, prophet, spiritual teacher, master.
We experience those policitians who become corrupted by power and who become isolated from the people they are meant to govern and serve.
Leaders of nations must reflect and act upon what we want & desire to make our fragile planet safer, calmer and free from wars, conflicts, terror and pollution. They must look to conserve at home and not needlessy, imperialistically for profit or self interest interfere in other nations, unless asked to do and benefit for the people does result.
We are merely stewards that pass this way once on earth. We owe it to our children and descendants to leave a fit healthy place to live and evolve.
As Sir Thomas More proposed in the 16th Century England, will we ever see an Utopian society, with nations based on rational thought, with communal property, great productivity, free from avarice, no class distinctions, no poverty, little crime or immoral behavior, religious tolerance, and little inclination to war including no racial and religious divides among its’ peoples.
I do not think this state is hard to achieve, only in the minds of those who do not aspire.
Let’s make our global home safe, habitable like we want our own family homes to be…
We at Global Granary sincerely wish all our viewers & visitors a Very Merry Christmas and A Peaceful New Year in 2013.