As I watch my son get ready for his first day beginning a new school, I can’t help but admire his courage and positive outlook. I have made quite a few transitions throughout the past couple years and as a result, my son has been forced to as well. He has had to switch schools a couple of times, move to new cities, and make new friends. I know how challenging this has all been for me, and therefore know that these have not been easy steps for my son. Even still, he somehow manages to find a way to see the good in it all, calling every move an adventure and standing tall with courage as he faces each new turn. He always finds a way to see the good in every situation and manages to smile his way through being scared. I often watch him in wonder and am inspired to be more like him.
I wonder what we would all be like if we found ways to be more like our children. If we really took a look at exactly what our children are doing and the way in which they are relating to the world. Often times we over look their behavior, not really attempting to acknowledge the courage it takes to be a little human in this big world. As they journey through their days they are faced with the fact that they are to small for most things, are often overlooked by others, are probably having to attempt at least one thing they have never seen before, and for the most part must trust in others to guide them through their life. These are pretty big challenges, yet they seem to find a way to move through life with excitement, zest, curiosity, and freedom.
Through my willingness to remain in a conscious space with my son I am giving myself opportunities to learn and to grow. I am able to take a second look at the way I perceive things and explore other possibilities for perception. I am able to try on new ways of being and I am able to fill up on the zest and excitement necessary for a joyful life. If I can truly stop and be present with my son, I do not only watch over him and witness his behavior, but instead find possibilities for integrating them into my own life. Creating wisdom through combining his innocence with my own experiences. When I am truly present, I acknowledge this all to my son, letting him know that he is my inspiration and teacher.
There is so much our children have to offer us, giving us gifts each and every moment of the day. When we remain conscious and present we are able to receive these gifts. Through this consciousness we are also able to gift our children with our learning and their inspiration. We can turn the simple moments and every day daily activities into moments of connection, growth, and love.