This evening I spent time with my 5 year old daughter watching Moana.
We cozied up on my bed and watched it off my laptop. As it played I often paused it to just assure her how much I loved her and how proud I was of her.
We had a few learning moments although I was compelled not to ruin the film by turning it into a documentary.
It had some scary bits where she opted to look away, but on the whole it was a learning experience for both of us. We later talked about obedience and listening to your parents. I also emphasized the point that it is important to remain curious.
The captivating story line of voyagers that turned into settlers and stopped daring was thought provoking for me as a parent.
It confirmed that indeed comfort is a greater impediment to progress than hardship.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their Souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Let’s not parent with only emotion and safety but lead with love and audacity!