the rolls of a lifetime

July 16th, 2011

The role of a parent in the life of a child: Patience
The role of a child in the life of a parent: Impatience
The role of a partner in the life of a relationship: Acceptance
The role of a relationship in the life of a partner: Irritation
The role of a teacher in the life of a student: Demonstration
The role of a student in the life of a teacher: Attention
The role of toil, trouble, disappointment and inconvenience: Service
The role of anger: Equanimity
The role of hatred: Love
The role of enemies: Harmony
The role of community: Solitude
The role of light, food, shelter and air: Generosity
The role of the self:  None*

*Which means replace the empty roll while you’re at it.

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  1. and the roll of pain?

    Comment by Kelly Salasin — July 17, 2011 @ 8:08 am

  2. ps. and i love this:

    The role of the self: None*

    *Which means replace the empty roll while you’re at it.

    Comment by Kelly Salasin — July 17, 2011 @ 8:09 am

  3. One of the best things I have read in ages. Printing it out and hanging it on the fridge … right next to the roll of paper towels that seems to run out daily.

    Thank you!!

    Comment by Pamela — July 17, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  4. A very interesting and inspiring post. I got good food for thought from the role of a child being impatience and the role of a student being attention. You make good stuff that I am quite glad to have access to.

    Comment by Bill — July 17, 2011 @ 11:17 am

  5. I was just noticing that one lasting effect of my stay at home parenting years is that I am pretty much the main person in my home to take the empty roll away and put the new roll onto the holder.

    One just sees and responds; the job was also good training for me.

    Comment by Chris — July 17, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

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