Yesterday evening after returning from the beach, I was quite tired after being in the hot sun for several hours. But my son said he wanted to go running. I was pleasantly surprised but decided to go with him. My daughter, being the sporty type decide to tag along with her scooter bike. One round the park was 1km. So he ran 2 rounds with rest intervals in between.
I was very happy as he was the one who initiated the idea. I remembered praying to God sometime back and said it would be nice if he can come running with me someday. On some weekends when we stay indoors, he pretty much like to watch TV and playing games on the mobile phones.Many a times, I asked him to go running with me, he turned me down. So, I prayed. It was more of a casual thought than a prayer, I think. God must have heard it and decide to fulfil my wishes. Thank you Lord, once more !
As a father yourself, you knew how much loved the son(me) would have felt with the encouragement and support of his own dad(GOD). So I think it is important to pass it on rather than using short term methods to motivate him(my son). As humans, we are resistant to change and as an adult, I should know better. So how come when come to my own children, my expectations is different?
Father, forgive me for I had good intentions but my methods of bringing across the message was wrong and inappropriate. Nature has a way to bring out a person as I could see how much he truly enjoyed with the sister and friend at the beach. Kids are so innocent and a joy to watch them play. They were picking up sticks and branches and drawing on the sand, running to the sea to dip their legs and running freely on the beach. Nothing in particular but you can hear their joyful laughter and energy. It is a beautiful sight.
Maybe, we adults (me) are too serious and should exchange roles with the kids instead. We think too much, fearful of how others would think of us if we do this or that unlike them. They just let it go. We too must learn not to hold on too tightly like the sand in the hand else it hurts. With open hands, we can gather more sand in our palms than closing it so it is the same with our mind. I need to constantly remind myself to keep an open mind and be more patient and participate more in life rather than be a spectator.
Father, you have a way to educate me from the simple things in the Nature without me spending lots of money in classroom and using big concepts and words. I thank you for your time and patience and love towards me.