March, Ash Moon: Naxopana
March's great path of the moon is understanding.
Children and dogs are not meant to do what you want them to do. If you tell them to walk straight, they'll zigzag. If you complain about their friends, they will ignore you. If you want them to stay in, they will want to go out.
So what? What did you do when you were yong? Learn to let go of your children at the same time as you plant them in your garden. Give them wings and roots, so they can fly and stay put at the same time. Isn't this what your parents gave you? Did you even know it, then?
You can't change dogs or children. You can only try to understand them. For one hour, put yourself in your child's shoes. See how far you are able to walk before you fall down. As for your dog, try walking on all fours. Try eating without hands. What do you think he's trying to tell you when he barks?
You may have different natures. Light and dark. Kind and mean. Inconsistent and predictable. You'll never be perfect. But you can be better than you are now. For your own sake, try.
Understanding yourself is the first step toward understanding other people. A difficult but necessary step.
Taken from "Dancing Moons" by Nancy Wood
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