North Korea, The Little Prince, raising children, soundtracks for your life

This morning, while watching a TED clip on a visit to North Korea, I happened to read the mostly derisory comments below, one of which referred to The Little Prince. While I had heard of that book before, it occurred to me that I had never read it. A quick search revealed that this book, translated into 180 languages and dialects and having sold 80 million copies really needed to be on my reading list…

But in the meantime, I wanted to share a few quotes that seemed poignant:

  • One cannot see well except with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes.
  • You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
  • It is the time you have spent with your rose that makes your rose so important.

All this after awaking this morning with a dream of figuring out how I would educate a child… especially on this occasion reminding me that we teach most when we teach through stories.

For some time, I have noticed how the songs that dominate my playlist tend to be reflected in my life. When I was listening to Lips of an Angel, I found myself surrounded by romantic distractions; in the past I have listened to Lose Yourself or Life or Cats in the Cradle, each time with noticable shifts in my thinking. More recently, I have tended more towards Everything, Thank You, Hey Beautiful and Eyes Wide Open… with totally different results. My lesson comes down to a simple question:

What is the soundtrack for your life?

Choose your soundtrack carefully…