Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In The Moment

Sometimes it seems that my life is just too complicated. I feel overwhelmed and long for a simpler life. As I daydream about a long-ago childhood, I can almost taste the carefree feeling of living in the moment – without stress. I wonder if it’s possible to recapture that simplicity.

One day last winter, when we had been blessed with an unexpected snowfall, I took a walk. Suddenly, I looked up at the grey sky, opened my mouth, stuck out my tongue and was delighted with the sensation of cold, wet snowflakes landing on it. All alone, I found myself giggling like a child. When I returned home, I was energized and happy for the rest of the day. It is refreshing to become like a child seeing the world with a sense of awe and wonder. 

I’m sure we all remember lying on the grass, watching clouds float by or stopping to smell a fragrant rose on a neighbor’s bush. Perhaps setting aside a little time each day for playful activities would help to balance the busyness of our lives and give us a renewed awareness of the beauty around us.

Could it be as simple as this? Or once childhood is gone, is it gone forever – never to be enjoyed again?

"So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us."                             ~Gaston Bachelard


Anonymous said...

I think it is as simple as this. Playing is necessary whether you are a child or adult. it's healthy.

maggie said...

No we can never go back to childhood. No way! It would be nice, but we must keep going forward.

sam said...

we can be a child as long as we want peg. it's easy. just play and don't take life so seriously. good post. sam

Bob said...

Just have fun. don't let the small things get you down.

charlie@hotmail.com said...

Life does get complicated sometimes for all of us. I've found meditation to be the answer. It works wonders. Try it peg.