“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” Albert Einstein
Did you see the recent snow?
Wasn’t it brilliant? Or was it annoying? Cold? Did it get in the way of plans?
I watched as my dog raced around in the snow with such joy! It reminded me of when children experience something for the first time whether it be snow or the beach. Whether it be the simple things like collecting sticks or seeing something beautiful in a stone, we can all learn something from children and pets. Seeing something wonderful in something so seemingly mundane is where adults go wrong. Not seeing what our children see stops us enjoying the simple things and it’s the simple things that matter in this life.
Children see the world as a place of curiously, of awe and within the ‘now’. They want to know why things are or how things work and laugh if things are funny and cry when they feel sad. I wonder when we lose this gift of being in the moment? Perhaps feeling our emotions becomes too much for us? Or perhaps we feel silly or develop embarrassment? I expect it’s because we learn how to hide our emotions; to keep our real self hidden from others; to try to protect ourselves from being hurt by others. It’s our adult emotion shield. However, I do believe that living in the moment and feeling our emotions have a place in our everyday lives. They help us to feel the importance of living in the present moment and enjoying it rather than over-thinking what might happen next or what has happened in the past. This is called being mindful or practicing mindfulness and it is steadily having an impact on my own life in an incredibly positive way.
Tragedy is all around us; we see it on the news, we feel it in our everyday lives but we can also see and feel wonder if we just stop and look for it. Being in the present moment and seeing the wonder that is right there in front of you will make you appreciate all you have. Stop striving forward each day whether it be for more money, planning the next baby, a new house or a better job when actually, where you are right now is important. Enjoy it. Look up and look around you. I’m not saying give up on all your plans or dreams but what I am saying is also enjoy the now. Feel the fresh air on your face, look at your home and it’s comfy sofa, cuddle your children and enjoy that moment when your dog sees snow for the first time. Feeling satisfied with THIS moment and seeing it’s wonder will being you more satisfaction and happiness in the long run.
Our life is a journey, it’s not a race.
Look for wonder and it will find you.