The Way you Treat Them . . .

To all the leaders out there: Are you bringing out of each one the love letter that God is reading to the world through them and only them? Or are you building your own kingdom? Are you fathering . . . or are you slavemastering? Do you see the especial image of God in each one that you can cultivate and learn from, or do you see a cog in your particular wheel? Do you let your children grow beyond you? Or are you set on keeping them under you for reasons you may not admit to yourself? Are you nurturing all the little plants according to their natural bent and unique needs, or are you treating each one like a manufactured repeat, killing the very life and breath out of each one? You are meant to be a fence for the flowers - to keep the bad out and the good inside, to guide each one to her greatest potential, to protect, but certainly not to imprison or handicap:

"The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Constanzia Hooker