To a Child Love is Spelled TIME, Short Inspirational Chicken Soup For The Soul Type Stories Video Clip And My Journey
Love is Spelled TIME, Inspirational Chicken Soup For The Soul Type Stories Video Clip
Before I share anything else know that although the below information is focused on developing better relationships between parents and their children… The same principles also apply to any relationship such as with a lover, spouse, soul mate or friend etc… Plus I just want to say that my intention for this short article is not to heap condemnation and guilt on anyone for not being a better parent as captured in the above Short Inspirational Chicken Soup For The Soul Type Stories Video Clip… For guilt is a very poor motivator in changing ones life and can never produce anything good from the heart…
What We Need Is Inspiration(In-Spirit) Not Guilt
For my intention is simply to share a little of my own journey with my kids and to perhaps inspire you to seek to better cultivate the garden of love between you and your loved ones… So when you get to the end of your life here on this earthly plane, you will never have to look back on your life with regret… For it is never really too late to make changes to better ones self…
And as one who has made a lot of mistakes as a parent (and once husband) I encourage you to be gentle and forgiving to yourself where you have made mistakes in your relationships with your children or loved ones. For…
“To err is human, to forgive divine” - Alexander Pope
What is important is that you forget what lies behind and move forward into the future with your heart open to allow Love(God) to love on you in the journey and to heal you wherever you need healing… For it is only as we have received true unconditional love that we will be able to give this type of love to our children and loved ones..
To Give Pure Unconditional Love We Must First Receive It
For until we have experienced true unconditional love in our lives, our heart and priorities will never really change for the better to make us better parents and people.. And until then, any self help changes we try to make to be better parents, spouses, lovers or friends will be merely temporary band aid treatments that produce no long lasting fruit from the heart… Unless the changes we make are the fruits that grow from the seeds of unconditional love.
For how can one give pure clean pristine water to thirsty travelers if ones water bucket is empty with holes in it. But if we place ourselves underneath a waterfall flowing from the mountains we will then ourselves be refreshed and better able to carry this pure water to others.. For to give out we must first receive even as one must first breathe in life giving oxygen to live… As The Masters Book teaches:-
“We love because he first loved us” – The Masters Book – (1John4:19)
What We Need Is True Lasting Change From Our Hearts Not Our Heads
So if you are like me and have made many mistakes as a parent and person… Then forgive yourself and cry out to heaven to better know the unconditional love of which I speak… So that you may make true lasting changes from the heart(not the head) that enable you to use the law of attraction to create the life of your dreams in all your relationships including parenting…
Having said all that, I have two young kids, namely Levi my son aged 7 and Harmonie my daughter aged 5.. And they are currently staying with me for the first week of the 2 week Easter school holidays… The kids and I spending half of the holidays each year together and every 2nd fortnight weekend together(plus three and a half hours after school one day a fortnight).. The rest of the time they stay with their Mum…
Some may see the fact that my kids and I don’t see each other all the time due to the court order arrangements between their Mother and I as a disadvantage .. But I’ve come to see it differently but I didn’t always see it this way… You see let me backtrack a little to help you understand…
Note: I had to take my children’s Mother to court to legally fight to see my children as they were cut off from me for no good reason. A heart wrenching experience I never wish to go through again(or wish anyone else to have to go through)..
Did God Really Say That…
You see one day I was a bit down because of the fact that my kids and I weren’t together all the time, as we see each other every fortnight weekend… And clear as a bell I believe God began to speak to me about this(no I am not crazy )…
For I believe I heard my Higher Self (what some refer to as the spirit of God) speak to me on the inside… Not in an audible voice but in a way that if you didn’t know any better you might just think it was you having an internal dialogue with yourself… The conversation went something like this..
“Chris most parents take their children for granted because their children are with them all the time.. And so although most parents have an abundance of time with their kids, in many cases the quality of time together with their children is lacking…
Because you Levi and Harmonie don’t see each other all the time you will be less likely to take each other for granted.. Therefore with the time you do have together you will be better able to make this time quality time… And therefore be better be able to enjoy each other..
Much like a person who when visiting another country is better able to take in and enjoy all the new sights, smells, sounds and scenery of a new country because it is unfamiliar.. As compared to someone who because of familiarity fails to take in the sights, smells, sounds and scenery around them within their own city and country because they take it for granted…
So likewise you will be less likely to take Levi & Harmonie for granted and likewise they with you… So regarding the legal court order time restrictions currently in place with you, Levi & Harmonie that you now see as a something bad. In time theses restrictions will become a great blessing to you all if you allow it to”…
And I must add that even though I believe the above was spoken to me, even now I can fall into the common trap of taking my kids for granted. So I know some of the challenges in cultivating the garden of love between parents and children takes focus and work… But is is sweet work like enjoying a gourmet meal after taking the time to cook it…
And having said that, it has been my personal experience that Love is most definitely Spelled TIME for a Child… And when I say TIME I mean quality time.. You see I have seen this especially true over the last 2 days where I spent one on one time with each of my two children…
One On One Time With My Kids
You see yesterday my Son Levi and I had a “Boys Day Out” whilst Harmonie stayed with her grandma… And the day before yesterday my daughter Harmonie and I had a “Daddy Daughter Date Day”… And as their Father I could definitely see the difference this one on one time made to both Levi and Harmonie and myself.. As all our hearts were refreshed in each others presence… And our bond of love renewed…
For our relationships with our children (and our life partners and friends) is like a garden that must be regularly nurtured and cared for with love lest the weeds of neglect overrun the garden until it is merely a shadow of it’s former self. The potential of a beautiful garden killed through neglect…
In our busy lives it’s not always easy… But yes To a Child, Love is Spelled TIME …
I know only too well that in our busy lives it’s not always easy… But To a Child, Love is Spelled TIME …
So I encourage you to regularly take the time to celebrate who your children and those near and dear to you by simply setting aside time regularly to enjoy each other…
“For on our death beds we won’t be asking how much money we made but rather how much love we gave”
As sung in the song “Cats and the cradle” by Ugly Kid Joe with lyrics included further below…
Cats And The Cradle Inspirational Song Lyrics
My child arrived just the other day;
Came to the world in the usually way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
He was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it.
And as he grew he said,
“I’m gonna be like you, Dad.
You know I’m gonna be like you.”
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man on the moon.
“When you comin’ home ?”
“Son, I don’t know when.
We’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”
Well, my son turned ten just the other day.
He said , “Thanks for the ball, Dad. Come on, let’s play.
Could you teach me to throw ?” I said, “Not today.
I got a lot to do.” He said, “That’s okay.”
And he walked away and he smiled and he said,
I’m gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I’m gonna be like him.”
Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
“I’m proud of you. Could you sit for a while ?”
He shook his head and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please ?”
I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
“I’d like to see you, if you don’t mind.”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I could find the time.
You see my new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu,
But it’s sure nice talkin’ to you, Dad.
It’s been sure nice talkin’ to you.”
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me,
He’d grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Let Love Inspire You Through The Following Motivational Inspirational Video Clip..To Receive and Give Love As Dick and Rick Hoyt Have
So on that note I think we need to be inspired by a positive true story of how the love of a Father and parent can make a difference in the life of a child… This true story about Dick and Rick Hoyt brought tears to my eyes when I first saw this inspirational video clip.. This is the perfect example of what I am speaking about… May you be inspired to receive and give Love…
So Seek To Know Unconditional Love And To Give And Enjoy Your Children And Love Ones Whilst You Still Can
So enjoy your children (and loved ones) whilst you still can.. For time is a thief that steals from those who never took the time to regularly nurture and invest in those most dear to them… And on that parting note… Below are some photos from my one on one time with my kids over the last 2 days… May we all create many happy memories with our children and loved ones… Enjoy …
Boys Day Out – Levi & I … Park, Boys Action Movie, Lunch, XBox Games Shop and just hanging out together… Great day had by all! …
Levi and I at the park on a crazy type fun swing that we had a lot of fun on…it took us awhile to work out how to make it swing but we got there in the end …
Great shot of Levi, unfortunately my head got chopped off lol …
My Boy Levi Clowning around.. what a winning smile he has …
Action Shot of Levi on the swing… a picture of concentration lol..
Levi hamming it up for the camera …
In the XBox Games Shop with Levi playing some XBox game … Boys and their toys lol..
In The xbox shop again with Levis body chopped off(the cameraman definitely needs to take some camera lessons & will do so soon lol) and me pulling a silly face …
Playing cards over lunch and a drink… Levi doing his best “Got to know when to hold em and fold em poker face” …
Daddy Daughter Date with Harmonie To See The Lorax Movie, Fun Games Arcade,Lunch & Some Shopping & Wandering Around(basically just chilling with each other)..
Harmonie & I at Chocolate shop With the Big Easter Egg in background and with “Ted” the Teddy Bear I won for Harmonie at the Fun Games Arcade.. Someone was kind enough to stop to take our photo..
Harmonie happy & standing in front of the Teddy bear Machine which I won “Ted” the Teddy Bear from (it was a fluke I won it as no-one ever wins the Teddy bears in that machine lol) Although Harmonie said afterwards “Dad I just knew you were going to win it for me” lol such faith in her Daddy… Just lucky I won it …
Another one with Harmonie & I at Chocolate shop With the Big Easter Egg in background and with “Ted” the Teddy Bear I won for Harmonie at the Fun Games Arcade..Someone was kind enough to stop to take our picture…
Harmonie letting loose with her fun face..Dodgy cameraman who took this pic(me lol) we took the photos with a cheap camera I bought for Harmonie today just to get her started in photography as she is showing a lot of interest in cameras and taking photos etc And we walked into a shop that sold framed photos and she was really getting inspired by the photos of others on the walls as I talked about how the photographers made a living doing what they love with their cameras etc…
Harmonie striking a pose in front of Easter egg..
Quick snapshot of Harmonie & I…
Harmonie outside the cinema that’s supposed to be “The Lorax movie” picture cut out in background (dodgy photographer ie me lol I seriously think in the years ahead I am going to brush up on my camera skills etc)
I hope you enjoyed the inspirational chicken soup for the soul type story video clip above and a tiny little snapshot of my own personal journey with my kids relating to how to a child Love is Spelled TIME…
Helping You Determine Your Destiny
Chris T Atkinson
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