Creativity Leads to Harmony

Eric Volpe

Early one evening my wife, daughter, and I pull up to our home after a day of being out. I am looking forward to getting our daughter to bed and winding down for the evening.

As we are getting out of the car, my daughter says, “Daddy, I want to fly a kite.”

I think about it for a moment and reply, “Well, it’s getting late, and it’s time to get ready for bed.”

“No, Daddy, I want to fly a kite,” she says.

I look around at the trees, and there is not a butterfly-wing flutter of wind. I then say to her, “There’s no wind, and you need wind to fly a kite.” I think for sure this will be the answer that gets us into our home for the evening.

“No, Daddy, I want to fly a kite!” she says again.

I stop for a moment and check inwardly with the MAHANTA, my spiritual guide. What can I do for love and harmony? I don’t want to fight with will against will. I then get an idea. I go get the kite and string. I let out about eight feet from the handle to the kite. Thankfully we are parked where there is ample space to run around. I hold the kite, hand my daughter the handle, and tell her to run! Run, run, run!

She takes off running. The kite catches, and up it goes into the air. She is laughing, and I am laughing, running behind her. The kite flies high over our heads. We spend about twenty minutes running up and down the parking lot, having a wonderful, loving time. It is such a joy! Then, as harmoniously as can be, we walk home to tell Mommy how much fun we had flying a kite.

It is such a blessing to work with love and harmony, as opposed to will and power. One feels free and happy, while the other is heavy and confining.

Thank you, MAHANTA, for the opportunity to see how parenting with love and creativity leads to harmony and happiness.