Life’s most profound spiritual lessons

“I also think that kids are the best teachers of life’s most profound spiritual lessons: that pain and suffering are as much a part of life as happiness and joy; that change and impermanence are all we can count on for sure; that we don’t really run the show; and that if we can’t find the maturity to surrender to these difficult truths, we’ll always be unhappy that our lives – and our children’s – aren’t turning out the way we expected or planned. Life doesn’t go the way we expect or plan, and nobody’s perfect, not ourselves or our children.”

Harriet Lerner, from Vulnerability and Other Lessons


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6 Comments

  1. Posted September 28, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Yes, yes, yes. And even in their twenties, my kids are teaching me these lessons!

  2. Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I love watching the way emotion comes and goes from my three year old. Amazingly, it leaves more room for joy in the most simple things. Even by seven, my big girl holds her hurts tighter than she once did.

  3. Leslie
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely perfect timing. Thank you.

  4. Posted September 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    So true…I’ve learned more from my own children, and those that I teach, than I could have ever imagined.

  5. Colleen
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    excellent, thank you for posting this

  6. Claire
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I love her work!