I dreamed I had an interview with God.
Come in, God said.
So you would like to interview Me?
If you have the time, I said.
God smiled and said,
My time is eternity and is enough to do everything;
what questions do you have in mind to ask me?
What surprises you most about mankind?
That they get bored with being children,
are in a rush to grow up,
and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money
and then lose their money to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future,
they forget the present,
such that they live neither for the present nor the future.
That they live as if they will never die,
and they die as if they had never lived
God's hands took mine and we were silent for a while.
Then I asked...
As a parent, what are some of life's lessons
you want your children to learn?
God replied with a smile,
To learn that they cannot make anyone love them.
What they can do is to let themselves be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable
is not what they have in their lives,
but who they have in their lives.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.
All will be judged individually on their own merits,
not as a group on a comparison basis!
To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most,
but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds
to open profound wounds in persons we love,
and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practising forgiveness.
To learn that there are persons who love them dearly,
but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing
and see it totally differently.
To learn that a true friend is someone
who knows everything about them and likes them anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough
that they be forgiven by others,
but that they have to forgive themselves.
I sat there for a while enjoying the moment.
I thanked Him for His time
and for all that He has done for me and my family.
Anytime. I'm here twenty-four hours a day.
All you have to do is ask for me and I'll answer.
People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.