As we drove across the railroad tracks the other day, my son’s eyes wandered down the track to the train yard and, in the rear-view mirror, I could see a smile cross his face. Children live in the here and now, with few regrets as to what they did or didn’t do yesterday, nor deep longings for tomorrow that pull them away from the present moment. When was the last time that you felt giddy over something so simple as a train? When was the last time that you let yourself get excited about something ordinary?
Last night, I rearranged part of my living room, only about half of it because bedtime came and I had to make putting the kids down the priority, but before they went to bed, my two children were so excited and ran up and down the new space. Both the 6- and 2-year-old took turns at running the vacuum too, laughing and feeling so proud of themselves. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all get excited about something so ordinary as rearranging our living rooms?
You can, all you have to do is turn on your child-like sense of wonder. Take the time each day to look at the close detail of something ordinary – like the grain of the wood on a piece of furniture, or the color of your pet’s eyes, or watch your child’s hands as he maneuvers a toy in them. You can decide that when you are going to do a chore that you usually don’t like much to do, to do it with a happy heart and then finish it through to the end; get excited at your final outcome – and the fact that you finished. Let a smile cross your face – or make a smile cross your face – and laugh, whether it’s forced or not. Feel silly? Try it alone first. But then, try it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and the next, until it’s not forced any more and you once again carry the joy of a child in you during the ordinary comings and goings of life.
Writing prompt: Write in detail about something that makes you feel a child-like joy, including how you feel. Don’t forget to link back!
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