In a dream I had an interview with God.

"Come in," God said to me, "So you would like to interview me?"
  • "If you have time," I said.
    • God smiled and said: "My time is called eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?"
      • "None that are new to you.

What's the one thing that surprises you most about mankind?"

God answered: "
  • That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.
  • That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.
  • That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.
  • That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived ."

God's hands took mine and we were silent. After a long period, I said "May I ask you another question?"
"As a parent what would you ask your children to do?"

God replied with a smile: "
  • To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What is important is who they love.
  • To learn that it takes years to build trust and a few seconds to destroy it.
  • To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.
  • To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. There will be others better or worse than they are.
  • To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
  • To learn that they should control their attitudes, otherwise their attitudes will control them.
  • To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in person we love and that it takes many years to heal them.
  • To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
  • To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to show their feelings.
  • To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
  • To learn that while at times they may be entitled to be upset, that does not give them the right to upset those around them.
  • To learn that great dreams do not require great wings, but a landing gear to achieve.
  • To learn that true friends are scarce, he/she who has found one has found a true treasure.
  • To learn that it is not always enough that we are forgiven by others, but that they forgive themselves.
  • To learn that they are masters of what hey keep to themselves and slaves of what they say.
  • To learn that they shall reap what they plant; if they plant gossip they will harvest intrigues, if they plant love they will harvest happiness.
  • To learn that true happiness is not to achieve their goals but to learn who they are through striving towards them.
  • To learn that happiness is a decision. They decide to be happy with what they are and have, or die from envy and jealousy of what they lack.
  • To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.
  • To learn that those who are honest with themselves without considering the consequences go far in life.
  • To learn that even though they may think they have nothing to give, when a friend cries with them, they find the strength to appease the pain.
  • To learn that even though the word "love" has many different meanings, it loses value when it is overstated.
  • To learn that they can never do something extraordinary for Me to love them; I simply do.
  • To learn that the shortest distance they could be from Me is the distance of a prayer.

- Unknown