"A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY BEGINS WITH SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS", my younger son wrote to me in a letter, emphasizing that this was at the core of what he is learning in his KROKA gap year semester. My children are teaching me something every day by having the courage to ask questions and take risks. My older son and I were talking after my father's memorial service, and we got into a discussion of the writings of Jim Harrison. If not for him I would never have discovered these lovely inspiring words: "I hope to define my life, whatever is left, by migrations, south and north with the birds and far from the metallic fever of clocks, the self staring at the clock saying, 'I must do this'. I can't tell the time on the tongue of the river in the cool morning air, the smell of the ferment of greenery, the dust off the canyon's rock walls, the swallows swooping above the scent of the raw river." - Jim Harrison
We have to allow our children to slow down and reflect in order to move forward. We may be pleasantly surprised by what they can teach us.