By: Howard Williams
Lets not paralyze our children with fear, for they will not pursue their dreams.
All children have dreams and it is our mission as adults to help them fulfill their dreams.
We must teach them to be cautious not fearful as they go down that road. Because fear is paralyzing.
However at the same time we must be brutally honest with our children. Let them know that there is no Santa Claus or a Fairy God Mother that will just give them everything they dream of.
That as they grow up there will be some pain and frustration as they pursue there dreams. But that is a road they have to walk down alone and that we love them.
We must let them know that there is no straight road from where they are now to where they want to go. There will be twists and turns, and forks in the road, a metaphor, based on a literal expression, for a deciding moment in life or history when a major choice of options is required.
Our children must also understand there will be rest stops along the way ( working temporary jobs that they do not want or mistakes they may make that will slow them down ). They must realize that these are only rest stops, not the destination. Those rest stops only become the destination when they are to lazy to get up and do the hard work necessary to move forward.
They may ask. How will I know when I have gotten to my destination? When I am happy! Your answer should be “no “. You will know you have gotten to your destination when your are content , because happiness is not a constant it comes and goes.