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“Quite often, we finish things as we started them.”
- Jaime Chan
I know that this isn’t always the case for us, but in terms of speaking of the norms - the way we start things can often be the way we will end up finishing it. What I mean to imply when I say this, is that our lifetime is comparable to a day.
- We start off waking up. (infants)
- Then we are supposed to have a nutritious breakfast to kick start our day. (childhood)
- Then we engage in our daily occupation such as school or work. (adulthood)
- Then we come home and enjoy dinner, followed by family time or leisure activities. (vacations)
- Then we go back to bed and we close our eyes. (older age)
Pretending this list illustrates how a typical day works, our breakfast is essential. In our day, breakfast can greatly determine the amount of energy we yield throughout the day. It can improve our moods and our brain functions for all the tasks we must take on that before we get to lunch and dinner and in between. Breakfast is simply, single-handedly the most important meal of the day. It gets you STARTED. You can’t expect to go about your day and just enjoy a dinner at the end and expect that you have gotten a lot done, nor could you expect that dinner to kick into your system the following day.
What is the significance of “childhood”? It is learning. Our childhood is ALL about education (intellectual nourishment) & the “lessons of life” that we learn (which is HOPEFULLY where we find spiritual nourishment). There is a lot to be learned at school to grow smarter and a lot to learn outside the classroom to grow wiser. Just like how breakfast has a great impact on how we carry on with the rest of the day, our childhood greatly affects how we carry on with the rest of our lives. A lack of nourishment or a poor “diet” of intellectual & spiritual nourishment can have a traumatic effect on one’s life.
Why do we need to be aware of this? It’s because we are more than capable of overcoming this problem. Maybe we didn’t have the jump-start that we wanted to begin with, but there are so many of us who are capable of performing extraordinarily even with the lack of breakfast combined with a lack of sleep, and with problems in our minds. Humans are simply amazing and we are capable of amazing things. Of course, starting off on a good foot is definitely something we should aim for, but if it can’t be helped, the best thing we can do is to carry onto the next “meal”.
Just know that there will be a time where we will have to do the “feeding” and give nourishment. Whatever we didn’t learn or get to enjoy as a kid - I think that is something specific we should aim to provide for the kids we end up raising or having an impact on. Whatever happiness we were deprived of as kid should be something we should the thing we work hardest on to provide for the next generation. If today, we face things such as war, famine, and poverty - we as the current generation must work to restore peace, wellness, and prosperity.
If we can’t get the start we wanted, then let’s give it to someone else who needs it. =]