“Thoughts” Through The Eyes of a Child ☺
Submitted by Dayle.
The Wisdom of Children ☺
“Children are an amazing inspiration. Unlike adults they are always open, and can see the beauty of the world around them just as it is.
I came home from work the other day to find a ring of rocks in the middle of my back yard with a red card glued to a popsicle stick inside. My first thought was that my daughter had made a pretend “camp fire”, but I was way off. What I found instead was an example of the wisdom of children.
There in the middle of my yard were growing 4 beautiful crocus flowers. Apparently the squirrels had relocated a few of my bulbs last fall. Nothing surprising; goodness knows how many they’ve moved and eaten over the years! What did surprise me (even though it shouldn’t) was how my daughter chose to react to the situation. She circled the flowers in stone to keep them safe and made a sign to tell everyone, including our dogs, to please keep out.☺
I find this an incredibly beautiful and powerful act. Unlike an adult who would dig the flowers out and move them (or just run over them and not worry) my daughter chose to love and protect them just where they were. She honoured that life is precious exactly as it is without our interference. Her sign even worked. Our dogs were later spotted tearing around the yard and jumping the little shrine instead of ploughing through it. ☺
This little act of wonder from my four-year old got me thinking! How often do we try to change our environment to suit ourselves? How often do we try to change people and cultures by imposing our own sets of beliefs? How much beauty and wonder are we missing by doing so? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if instead we just appreciated the beauty and diversity of the world just as it is wherever it may be? Why should we move a flower because we would rather it grew elsewhere? Do we think we know better than the universe that through miraculous circumstance and chance placed that exact flower in that exact location? Do we think that we should, just because we can?
Perhaps we should all look to our children as a guide in how to live our lives. Enjoy beauty where you find it. Protect it but don’t interfere, and allow every flower to bloom in its own way and its own time.”
From the Editor:
Thanks Dayle for sharing this heart warming story, it is clear that your daughter is learning from her mother to respect and cherish all living things. Children are indeed wise, and the move about their day in a simple way, and in this way they are apt to see more than we do. ☺
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