The Prophet (s.a.w) is also reported to have said: Three supplications are assured of acceptance without doubt:
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next. (Franklin P. Jones)
Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children. (Samuel Levenson)
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. (Theodore M. Hesburgh)
Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your children. (Unknown)
The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. (Bertrand Russell)
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers. (John Plomp)
Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves. (Johann Wolfgang)
Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. (Leonard Cohen)
RULES FOR A PERFECT DAY
by Tom Hopkins
Just for today…
I will try to live and delight in the reality of being alive. My past is forever gone, my future an uncertainty, so I will be happy and thankful for each moment.
I will not allow negative input into my mind…happiness is a choice and I choose to be happy.
I will be thankful to God for my health, my loved ones, my business, and my country. I will also be thankful for any pain in crisis that helps me grow because God has said, be thankful in all things.
I will take care of my body, realizing the importance of the words moderation and balance, knowing that as I bring my flesh under control, how much easier it will be to control my will and my actions.
I will treat everyone I meet today the way I would like to be treated. I will strive to have them like themselves better when they’re with me.
I will avoid gossip, jealousy, and negative thinking. Most people don’t think about what they think about. Today, I will make a conscious effort to hold loving and beautiful thoughts in my mind.
One day a small opening appeared on a cocoon; a man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seems to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could not go any further. So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.But it had a withered body, it was tiny and shrivelled wings.The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s body, and become firm. Neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man, in his kindness and his goodwill did not understand was the the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. Never been able to fly.
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order, to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right. (Confucius)