Leadership for Kids

Leadership for Kids uses Lao Tzu's 'Tao Te Ching' to guide parents in teaching their children how to live well and wisely. This book together with 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' and Sun Tze's 'Art of War' are read by most educated Chinese. These books are China's best loved books of wisdom.

While 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' showed the practical application of Sun Tze's 'Art of War', Lao Tzu wrote 'Tao Te Ching' to teach the wise political rulers of the 5th century BC How Things Work, that is how they should conduct themselves and set good examples for their subjects. It is NOT a religious text.

Before beginning, I just want you to read this poem taken from 'The Prophet' by Kahlil Gibran. It explains so succinctly what I think every parent must realize and understand about their children.

'Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.'

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Chapter 1 - Tao means How

Tao is the single principle underlying all creation. It means how : how things happen or how things work. It cannot be defined because it applies to everything. Creation is a process. That is all there is : principle and process, how and what. Be aware of what is happening.By being aware of what is happening, you begin to sense how it is happening. I must pay attention with an open mind. I must set aside my personal prejudices or bias. Prejudiced people see only what fits those prejudices. Principle and process are inseperable. All process reveals the underlying principle. By knowing Tao, I know how things happen.

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