“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.”
I took my two and a half year old niece for a nature walk on the weekend. We listened to the birds sing, watched the ducks swim in the creek, and walked across a bridge as her little footsteps carried her into a meandering forested trail.
Her imagination wild like the surroundings, the expression on her face excitement and wonder, and at every turn there was adventure, from the crunching of leaves underfoot to staring up at the expansive sky looking for the singing birds; she exuded the magic of the moment. “If there was no bridge we would have to swim in the ocean (the creek was an ocean to her) with our jackets on" she happily exclaims almost chucking to herself at the very idea of it.
And I couldn't help but reflect on the time my daughters were this age. Overwhelmed with life’s challenges and feeling intense grief after the death of my mother, these moments seemed few and fleeting. I now see that this was and is a part of my healing. Yes, there is grief and sadness, pain and hardship, and life’s trials are many. However, I am so grateful I now see, as my niece sees - that the world is also wide and wondrous. It is full of beauty, magic, and mystery. And when I feel overwhelmed, I can step outside, unleash my imagination, and let in the wonder.
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