Beware of Labels

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) — Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, the most widely published book in the world next to the Bible, is revered for its philosophical depth and practical wisdom.  In an interpretive book, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching (Marlowe & Co, 1999), William Martin distilled the essence of each of the Tao’s 81 chapters and freshly re-interpreted them to speak directly and clearly to the most difficult of modern tasks-parenting. Here is a thought-provoking verse from that book.

Take Care With Labels:

When you teach your children that certain things are good,

They are likely to call all different things bad.

If you teach them that certain things are beautiful,

They may see all other things as ugly.

Call difficult things, “difficult,”

and easy things, “easy,”

without avoiding one and seeking the other

and your children will learn self-confidence.

Call results, “results,”

without labeling one as success

and another as failure

and your children will learn freedom from fear.

Call birth, “birth,”

and death, “death,”

without seeing one as good

and the other as evil

and your children will be at home with life.

Notice today how your children label things.

“This stinks.”

“That’s stupid.”

Don’t correct them.

Just notice and consider how they learned.

Start today to teach a different lesson.

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