Sharing glimpses of my journey through life as I endeavor to Fully Rely On God for Peace

Childlike Wonder

When I was a little girl, I lived in a rural farm community just outside Cedar Rapids, IA. I spent a lot of time wandering through the fields which surrounded our house and one of my favorite things to do was to pick fluffy dandelions and make wishes.
Heart Of a Thousand Wishes
I would close my eyes tightly for good measure, make a list of things I hoped and dreamed for, and, after inhaling as deeply as possible, I would blow with all my might. I remember watching with great anticipation as my efforts were rewarded by the sight of a thousand wishes scattered on the wind.

I was thinking today how unfortunate it is that as adults we often become so burdened with the responsibilities of life we lose touch with that childlike wonder. In fact becoming childlike in thought or behavior is often frowned upon.

It seems our whole life we are taught to grow up and become responsible adults who lead mature lives and exhibit sound judgment. I mean, when was the last time your boss called your team into his office to play a game of leap frog?

We are so conditioned toward maturity and achievement in every aspect of our lives that we can easily lose sight of the wonders of childhood. Boring, boring, snore, snore. How much richer is life when we take the time to play and laugh and daydream!

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
~Robert Fulgham

When was the last time you spent an afternoon lying on a blanket just to search for animal shapes in the clouds, or threw a handful of maple tree seeds into the air to see how far your “helicopters” would fly, or sent a rock kerplunking into a lake to watch the ripples form?

Does the mere thought make you cringe? Seem irresponsible or immature? Do you find yourself asking who has time for such frivolous things? C’mon! Get out that sidewalk chalk, blow some bubbles, chew a whole pack of bubble gum just to see how big a bubble you can make. You might just find that tapping into some childlike wonder is what you need to bring some much needed balance into your life. Besides, I dare you. No …I double-dog dare you. :)

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