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Teach Simple Beauty in Your Rites of Passage Program

Posted by Thomas on February 6, 2012

This post has 265 words and will take you less than 3 ½ minutes to read. 

As adults we are often bogged down with obligation. We busy ourselves with the hustle and bustle of life often to a detriment. Our bodies compound stress resulting in headaches and back pain. We stay up late at night working on projects of all sorts. Then arise early to start our rat-race cycle all over again.

Then something magical happens when children and babies enter our space. Their magic infects us. Even for the briefest of moments we stop and take in the simple beauty of a child’s world. A new mom holding her new baby girl (like yesterday in worship service) caused a smile to break across every adult’s face that entered the baby’s view. A simple beauty, her smile.

When a kid is distracted by the flight path of a nearby butterfly, a simple beauty. When a child laughs and walks after a duck in a park, a simple beauty. The laughter and playfulness of children, pure, innocent, filled with fun and a carefree spirit, a simple beauty.

As we raise our sons to be men in our rites of passage programs let’s not forget to also teach them the importance of drinking in the simple beauties life delivers to our doorstep every day; if only we are open to accept the delivery.

Simple beauties surround us daily. Today, stop. Today, drink them in. Today do not allow your adult brain to cause you to miss the magic of your life.


(Below are some simple beauties. Artwork on regular display in the city of Coral Springs Florida. Every day magic and fun!)


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The Guy In The Glass

Posted by Thomas on January 30, 2012

Post has 262 words, on average it will take you less then 3 1/2 minutes to read

When creating your custom designed rites of passage program for your son infuse it with lessons on truth to self. A value we all do well to follow. Not following the crowds. Not falsely living up to undue expectations. Be who they are. Sometimes we (adults) are challenged to teach such lessons because we have yet to embrace the same. Enjoy this wonderful poem. It speaks to the work we all must do.


The Guy in the Glass

by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you King for a day,

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,

Who judgement upon you must pass.

The feller whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear up to the end,

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,

And think you’re a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

Author’s attribution. Copyright of work. Learn more about Dale Wimbrow.

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