This morning as my husband and father-in-law played with my eldest downstairs and I planned for our Thursday trip to visit my family, I sat with hot coffee in my hand and browsed the Facebook pages of those who are treasured in my life and sat pondering this quote while my treatfully hot coffee cooled
Do we really want our children to sit out of the pegs?
Yes, I do. I want my children to believe that they can be a square instead of round in a world that’s dictated.
I want them to trust that their thoughts can differ from the rest and that this in itself is a blessing.
I want them to trust their own instincts
to follow their own hearts
even if their hearts’ end up breaking.
I want them to know the status quo exists only if you say so
and I want them to know it’s ok to be themselves.
But for all of that I want them to remember that sometimes being square is easier in a circle.
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”