We should dance. I think that the reason most adults don't dance as much is we can't hear the music. The wind tussling leaves is music. The sound of water plopping down in playful puddles is indeed music. To a child, the sound of daddy coming home from work is, quite a symphony to dance to, if there is a partner. Worries and problems create a drowning din of chaos that deafens our hearts to what is all around us. If you see a child dancing, pause for a bit. Listen, you just might hear the music and wish to dance.
We should explore. As adults, one lie we often tell ourselves is that we already know the answers. We delude ourselves into thinking we should know... have to know everything. Life becomes a competition; success is us being right, coming out on top, having all the answers. But watch a child for a moment. Every moment becomes a new discovery. What makes Playdo soft and where does the rain come from. They are in suspenseful facination because there is always something to discover. Like renegade pirates looking for their bounty, Life will always be an adventure... until we stop looking for the treasure. Children teach us that buried beneath the plain and ordinary, there is much to discover.
Children teach us to dream.Watch a child as they sit in Santa's Lap. If one could zoom in a thousand times into their eye's it would be like a wondrous snow globe of possibilities. Children dream of flying without wings, and the silliest of things, but they do dream. As adults we plan, we devise and analyze things to death. But sometimes we lose sight of how to dream. In dreams, reality no longer tethers those things we dare not hope for. Anything is possible. True, all dreams do not come true. There is yet another truth; Dreamers do indeed achieve those things thought impossible. Children show us how to dream with our eyes wide open.
It's ok to need someone. Kid's need to know they are loved. In a bad storm, they need to feel your close. When they are sick, they need that comforting touch. Many times as grown ups we feel as though we can't need, it's not safe to believe too much in another. When the world screams to us you don't need anyone, a child's hand in ours is a gentle reminder that it is ok to need another. This does make us vulnerable, and yes, even sets us up for disappointment. It also allows us close enough to experience the strong tie of 2 that cling to each other. Amazing how the weakest of hands can have the strongest of holds. Children show us it is safe to need another.
There are so many lessons we strive to teach our children, but in doing so I hope we never forget all they have to show us. Life is complicated, and tough, and serious at times. Life can also be an amazing and wonderful discovery, teeming with possibilities if only we can learn to look through the eyes of a child. Today I hope you explore, that you risk needing another, and that you dream. Hear the music, and take time to dance. Magic happens to those...