Snatch the pleasures your children bring, let your children in turn find delight in you, and drain joy to the dregs without delay.” — Seneca.
As a father and grandfather I really relate to Seneca’s admonition. Yet, there are times when I don’t take advantage of the joy that naturally flows from my children and grandchildren. I lose my cool when they scream, when the fight or disobey, when they don’t do what I think they should do, and sometimes I’m just that crotchety old man for no good reason. Like children I must work at being the best I can be, learn to snatch the pleasures they bring, finds ways for children to delight in my presence, and most importantly drain joy every single moment I am in their presence.
I take some console in knowing I may not be the only parent who needs to heed Seneca’s words. I suspect most of us are all in that boat. As for today, let’s see if I can’t drain the dregs. What about you?