Heads and Tails

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”

The image above from PostSecret and the quote below by William Martin (via Ashram of 1) are the same thought seen from different angles.

Happiness doesn’t come from crossing Great Things off of your to-do list, it comes from appreciating all the wonderful things in our lives that we so often overlook.



  1. markonit

    … this post makes me think of the moments of clairity that struck me while in the provincial town that I once jogged ’round… that by striving to being kind and thoughtful at all times that I was living an “exceptional life”…


  2. Mel

    Wonderful quote…and something, as a parent, I aspired to bring to my childrens’ lives.


  3. Beautiful..and so true!


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