DO NOT DISMISS A SOMETHING A CHILD IS PROUD OF. LOOK AT IT. POINT SOMETHING OUT AND TELL THEM YOU LOVE IT. IF A CHILD DRAWS YOU A RAINBOW, TELL THEM YOU LOVE HOW IT HAS RED. THEY WILL THINK “WOW. IT DOES HAVE RED. THEY LOVE HOW I PUT RED IN IT. I PUT RED IN IT. AND THEY NOTICED.” MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS YOU ARE PROUD OF THEM.
"Look, mate, one year is now just two percent of my life. But when I was 20, a year was five percent of my life. And when I was only ten years old, a year was ten percent of my life. So when I was a child, a year seemed to last a lifetime, because in relative terms, it did last a lifetime. One year was a very big chunk of time I had spent on earth. And now it’s just not. When you are pushing 50, a year is over in the blink of an eye."
— David Bowie, his perspective on life (via properly-inappropriate)
The Teaching is Simple
'It is hard to be born as a human being and hard to live the life of one. It is even harder to hear the path and harder still to awake, to rise, and to follow.
Yet the teaching is simple: “Cease to do evil, learn to do good. And purify your mind.
Hurt none by word or deed. Be moderate in your eating. Live in inner solitude. And seek the deepest consciousness.”
This is the teaching.’
- Dhammapada, in The Buddha Speaks, A book of guidance from the Buddhist scriptures edited by Anne Bancroft.