Love Is Timeless (Archive #1 of 2)
On our page titled “Love is timeless,” we defined love; we said, “Love is simply an image of the highest joy, where happiness reigns supreme.” We traveled further into the definition, but we didn’t talk about some of the components of love that lead to success, so let’s do that now. We talked about discipline, but we didn’t talk about “PASSION.” The dictionary defines “passion” as ”boundless enthusiasm.” The combination of discipline, love, and passion results in success on a grand scale. If we nail in one final ingredient we will open the door to a formula for success that cannot fail. That ingredient is PERSISTENCE.
President Calvin Coolidge has been credited with nailing down an important proposition when he said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
In other words, practice, practice, practice (with an eye toward perfection). Now! Let’s back into this element of success so we can really get a good look at it. If persistence is so important, how can we make sure your Little One will persist? The answer is, you can’t, but you can be observant and hone in on what gives him the greatest joy, where (to him) happiness reigns supreme.
Your Little One knows nothing about anything, he is simply a “Bundle of Joy,” to him everything is new and challenging. His primary objective is to please you; however, you can’t fake him out, he will always gravitate toward things that are natural to him, things that provide pleasure because they tend to complete his wholeness.
The parent can determine the nature of a child’s inclination toward his greatest joy by providing a wide variety of mental and physical actions: they come under the heading of games. The playground provides the outlook to determine what he is inclined to pursue physically: that’s where he swings, runs, jumps, kicks, throws, catches, etc. (body enrichment). The “kitchen table” is the venue for the mental, that’s where he plays cards, checkers/chess, establishes computer skills, etc. (mind enrichment).
But what does all that have to do with love? you might ask. The answer is, not all children want to be athletes, astronauts, policemen, firemen, etc.; on the other hand, neither do all children desire to be chess champions, scientists, computer programmers. etc. Your objective as the parent is to make the job of parenting as easy as possible. That’s accomplished by connecting the stages of the molding process. The end objective is to provide balance in the life of your child.
Stage one is to determine the primary mental and physical inclination of your child. If he is more mental than physical, then reduce the playground time and increase the “kitchen table” time, and vice versa. Stage one, don’t eliminate either one, because your goal is to provide a balanced child: one who will feel at home regardless of circumstances.
Stage two is to further synthesize your child’s inclination; for example, if he is more physical, does he move toward being more adept with use of the upper part of his body than the lower: is he inclined to throw and catch as opposed to kick and tumble, or vice versa.
Stage three is to take advantage of his natural inclinations by finding or inventing games that you and he can share. The games should be established, when possible, under the banner of primary, secondary, and tertiary inclinations. The number one goal is to have fun, regardless of the game; if it’s not fun for your child, discard it and move to a different activity.
Remember, the Creator has provided each of us with everything we need to gain anything and everything we desire (no exception). Now, it’s our turn, our responsibility, to “make it happen and make it fun.”
The time spent with your child will not always be fun and games; however, when both of you can look forward to any time together as a special capsule of life as a “barrell of fun,” and look back on memories that identify special times because it’s with a very special person, we will know in our hearts and mind that “Love is Timeless.”
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A few days before Christmas, I scribbled a note on the nearest scratch pad I could find. The little note said: “1st Corinthians 13”.
I have no idea why I noted that, I can relate to you the fact that I exercise with a Christian friend, one day a week. When we break, we talk about all manner of things. On that occasion we must have been talking about love; obviously, my friend must have quoted from the Christian Bible: 1 Corinthians 13.
Before I go any further, let me just say: this blog is in no way intended to be a Christian forum. However, I do not intend to restrict it from any and all categories, including religious. Having said that, please allow me to continue…
I thought it appropriate to reveal the message here in our LOVE Is Timeless (Archives), so here it is:
1 Corinthians 13 New King James Version (NKJV) The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
That’s it: 1 Corinthians 13. If you desire to know more about who said it, when and where he said it, you can access our Devotional (Archives: Sunday), I’ll reveal the info from the Wikipedia free encyclopedia, otherwise…
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