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August 27, 2015

TBT: Boundless Love and Boundaries

Hal photo outside Feb2012“Eating everything you want is not that much fun. When you live a life with no boundaries, there’s less joy. If you can eat anything you want, what’s the fun in eating anything you want to?” (Tom Hanks)

Hanks spoke these words in an interview for Esquire magazine. They were discussing how some movie roles require you to gain weight and how that task simply isn’t as fun as one might think.
Hanks is dead on about this. Delayed gratification and self discipline don’t exactly sound like fun things to do, let alone teach your children, but they ultimately bring about more joy than you can imagine. I know this sounds like common sense, but just because your kids think they want something doesn’t mean they should have it. What they really want is a parent who ruthlessly does what is in their best interest, with calm confidence.

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