My seven-year old daughter heard a song on the radio today and asked what some of the lyrics meant. The song described three instances of criminal activity and the singer's inquiry as to why they did what they did. The responses (chorus) is "There ain't no rest for the wicked. Money don't grow on trees. I've got bills to pay. I've got mouths to feed. And there ain't nothin' in this world for free." The final chorus says that everyone is the same and we all have no rest "until we close our eyes for good."
I used this opportunity to convey my belief that everyone is good, but sometimes we all can make bad decisions. And, that even bad decisions can still be for good reasons, as in the lyrics of the song. I explained that I'd have more of an understanding of someone that steals to feed their child as opposed to stealing just to line their own pockets, or in lieu of attempting socially-acceptable means to make money. This led us to a dialogue about my What Would You Do? post.
I am sure that I could have meaningful conversations with my daughter without writing this blog. But, being conscious, even in the "everyday" moments, enables me to evaluate what I feel, think, and value, and why; which in turn gives me the opportunity to change what I feel, think, value. That then enables me to turn a possibly insignificant moment with my daughter into a teachable moment.
Having this short, but meaningful conversation with my daughter renewed my rationale for why I write.
Be open to what comes.