Time waits for no one and we can turn around and in a moment find that time has slipped on by. That is why it is so important to not let ourselves get caught up in this world and forget that all we have is just "this moment".
I encourage each of us to "create experiences" with our children rather than "make purchases". It is the time spent with mum and dad or grandma or grandpa or auntie and uncle that is truly priceless. I know I have been guilty of buying an item to keep a child quiet or believing that is what they wish in the moment - but it is not. It is the one-on-one time that matters most.
I uncovered this beautiful poem by Kahil Gibran that I wish to share with you all now:
Your children are not your children
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself
They come through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
the archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.