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We’ve just come through the holidays and Chinese New Year and Valentines. The turning of every new year is a time for thoughtfulness about the old year’s regrets and hope for a better new year. World wide we celebrate. Our little children know how to do it best. They know how to make every moment full of wonder and joy and pleasure. They’re impatient with dull and boring and “it’ll get better”. We can take lessons in their intuitive ability to seize the day. All our lives should be a deep and enchanting pleasure. Life does not have to be serious in order to be relevant. Even tasks that we don’t particularly relish can become fun if we have the attitude of enjoying life for the moment, taking pleasure from each experience that comes our way. Our road to personal mastery must be strewn with larger and larger percentage of activities that we truly enjoy. We don’t have to develop a phony sense of excitement about washing the dishes, but dishes mean food, and food means no hunger. Therefore, our attitude can be one of gratitude for dirty dishes. Total present-moment living means pushing out all distractions or negative thoughts and becoming totally engaged in what is happening right now. We all can learn how to find joy in what is happening in this moment. We can set goals, but we don’t have to make the achievement of the goal more significant than each moment spent working toward the goal. Once children learn that each moment of life offers them an exciting miracle, they will stop looking for miracles and begin to live one. Work at having more spontaneity in your life. The reason the funhouse is fun is because it’s unexpected. A fun life can be fun for the same reason. I think the worst thing we do with our children is to rush them. In the early part of 1900, children did not enter puberty until around 15. Today girls are entering menarche at 9 and 10. This is a huge physical acceleration that preempts time to mature emotionally, socially, and spiritually. As parents and teachers of children in this new millennium, our task will be to protect our children from growing up any faster than they have to, from fads and commercial marketing campaigns, from rushing through dinner, vacations, and family outings. We have to make a real effort to stay connected, to explain what’s going on to our children, and to listen with patient ears when our children are ready to talk. Notice the daily reasons to celebrate. Your child’s happy face, sparkling eyes, and eagerness to greet each new day are reason enough.