“The gift of caring.” A Leadership story
For July 4th I gave myself a treat. I started reading Og Mandino’s book – “Secrets for Success and Happiness.”
He recants a conversation when:
“Samuel Taylor Coleridge was entertaining a visitor. The subject was children.
The visitor suggested that children should be given a free reign to think and act how they wanted, and thus learn at an early age to make their own decisions. The visitor went so far as suggesting that that was the only way that they can grow to their full potential.”
Coleridge interrupted the man saying I would like to show you my flower garden. The poet led the man outside and in horror the visitor exclaimed “ Why that is nothing but a yard full of weeds!”
“Well,” smiled Coleridge, “ it was filled with roses, but this year I thought I would let the garden grow as it willed without my tending to it. And you can see the results.”
Everyone and everything needs direction, loving, nurturing and caring.
Why is that so hard for us to understand?