Anecdote-Protection

On Day X, I got ‘industrial’ just like dad would love and preach about. The mission was to pick polythene bags and their likes that had been residing beneath the green bush. No tilling had been done recently which I easily noticed because of how comfortable the polythene bags were. As I removed the dirt however, I noticed something rather strange.

Seeing beautiful vegetation like that, one would expect a healthy amount of shrubs just underneath. But what I saw amazed me.

Nothing! Absolutely Nothing!

The green bush was quite luscious, the soil a little moist and it was the raining season. BUT there was no life just beneath the beauty. That was really odd, wouldn’t you agree? It was only logical to have good amount of vegetation considering the soil and rain that it got. But there was nothing. Apparently, the green bush had done more harm than good. In as much as it had shouldered the harsh weather detrimental to plant life, it also prohibited the sunlight needed for photosynthesis. And that made growth of the least amount of shrubs impossible.

That is what happens when parents become overprotective of their children. When you don’t allow your children learn firsthand the issues of life, that’s what you get. You make their growth
possibility slim to none. You may think you’re doing them good but it stings on the long run. And I’m not just talking about giving them the opportunity to get a great education. It’s far more than that. It is about teaching them the work ethic-how you got to where you are, the value of a currency note, the place of God in their lives, the importance of relationships, integrity, discipline and a host of other things.

Virtually all the successful men had it rough at first- it was during the period they learnt and acquired the skill needed to make it. They felt the sun and even though they were scorched somewhat, it made them photosynthesize into beautiful plants. Your kids have even a better chance since you probably went through all that BUT they still must be taught in some way because the principles still hold sway.

You may think you’re doing your children a favor by willing them your life’s earnings. But the truth is if they do not know how you got to where you presently are and how to remain there, you would be simulating the life of that green bush; very beautiful but absolutely nothing to show for when it withers.

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