Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I am reading through Don Aslett's 'Weekend Makeover' again--everytime I pick up this book amazing things start happening around my house! Closets get organized, drawers get dejunked and Mama is one happy camper! Here is a glimpse:
"Abusing children in anyway, physically or emotionally, or neglecting them, the only unforgivable thing on this earth. When we hear accounts of child starvation and abandonment, most of us are irate or horrified. Yet have you ever thought about "too much" as almost an equal unkindness to children?
Having everything is almost as abusive as having nothing. We now are burying our children with too much---too many things and opportunities.
Our children now are getting less parenting and more playthings, less personal responsibility and more pleasures. They have more machines and fewer muscles; confections are overtaking affections. Think on this a minute or two and it will give "too much" a new meaning!
We ride this "Excess Express" from infancy onward...kids constantly asking for thing, buying and getting everything they want, when they want it, and actually being raised up to be junkers. Look at how bad we old duffers are, and we had little, or not more than a tenth of what is available to kids today, when we were young. Yet look where we are now: cluttered in. Just think of all that is available to newer generations and with less discipline, too. How much junk will they have by the time they are thirty, forty, and fifty? It will be horrendous and will affect their marriages, jobs and self-esteem. And let's not even try to imagine what size homes and storage units they will need to contain it all, or what will be done the the earth in the process of producing all this. It is a bloated future ahead..."
Isn't that so true?
Well, off I go to toss our 'too much'!
Thank you, Mr. Aslett.