“Life; I Will Not Play Tug O’War”
“Now that child reminds me of something our sages taught. When a baby comes into the world, its hands are clenched, right? Like this?” He made a fist.
“Why? Because a baby, not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say ‘The whole world is mine.’
But when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open.
Why? Because he has learned the lesson.”
What lesson? I asked. He stretched open his empty fingers. “We can take nothing with us.” (Mitch Albom, Tuesday’s With Morrie)
“How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” (Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl)
“I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” (Shel Silverstein)