It is a quote I like, not only because – having raised four children on my own – I believe it to be just about the most accurate description of parenthood I have ever come across, but also because it emphasizes the `lightness’ which develops when you give up trying to be perfect and come to trust the processes of Nature – in feeding, in healing, in guiding you and your child towards what is best for his or her development at any moment in time.
Like the seed of a plant which has encoded within its genetic material the characteristics that will in time produce the full-grown flower, every baby comes into this world carrying a package of as yet unrealized but incredibly rich potential.
Your child is like the brush stroke the zen painter uses to represent one leaf on a shaft of bamboo. The leaf he paints is totally singular – like no leaf that has ever existed. Yet within this uniqueness is encompassed universal beauty and life energy of the highest order.