Friday, May 22, 2009

This life work I am called to do...


K, wearing earrings given to her by Lisa and Doug on their recent visit.
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I just started Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Judging by the size of the tome (387 pages), I don't expect I will read it word for word, but I plan to scan it for nuggets to shine up and store in my storehouse of needed helps and hints on how to do this parenting thing with intention and integrity.


D, at a local barber shop having something fantastic carved onto his scalp.
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This is the first nugget mined from the book, taken from the prologue.
"[Parenting] is clearly a life's work, and it for life that we undertake it. As we all know down to our very bones, there is no question about doing a perfect job, or always 'getting it right.' It seems more a quest than a question of anything. 'Perfect' is simply not relevant, whatever that would mean in regard to parenting. What is important is that we be authentic, and that we honor our children and ourselves as best we can, and that our intention be to, at the very least, do no harm."

Indeed.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Love this post!

And am *so* proud to know you and the awesome parent you are to your two wonderfully amazing children!

Laurie said...

Gail...is there any way you would like to exchange email addresses? I have an idea for you as far as the squirrels and your herbs but I don't know where to post them to you at.