Reflections

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  1. Lisa Alvarado

    Delight in the small things, the everyday things right in front of us.

    2 years ago
  2. Don Jones

    When my granddaughter plays with the fruit bowl and stacks the fruit high and wedges a banana in to be the crowning flagpole and she says, “How clever is that?”

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      hahahaha!

      Very clever!!!! 😄

      2 years ago
  3. d
    db82258

    Forsake inhibitions and live thy dreams!

    Play with abandon !!!!

    2 years ago
  4. Pilgrim

    Oh, so much! Freedom of perspective and imagination. And often such wisdom, if we just listen and join in.

    2 years ago
  5. pkr

    Joy is everywhere, be open. Let it come, just Be.

    2 years ago
  6. Linda

    Be in the moment!

    2 years ago
  7. KC

    Everything.

    Thank you so much for this question, and the beautiful, thoughtful answers.

    Next question – how to bring this into the day? First step – walk to the beach, be with the children and families, and breathe it in!

    Happy day all – with all the shades and nuances of darkness, beauty and light on the path… ! 🙂

    2 years ago
  8. Charlie T

    I love the way kids can really immerse themselves in play. Losing themselves in whatever they’re doing at the time.
    I am so grateful that I have not lost the impulse to play and be goofy. I still find joy in some of the same things that I did as a kid. People usually think that I’m younger than I am. I assume this is because I try to have fun, even while working. I can’t help it.

    2 years ago
  9. Hermann-Josef

    Joy is neither expensive nor complicated. It can be found in almost anything. Simplicity,curiosity and thankfulness is what children teach me again and again

    2 years ago
  10. Barb C

    We are born with the capacity to experience and express joy arising from simple, simple things. “Maturing” puts us in a box and tells us we shouldn’t express joy in certain ways because that isn’t grown-up behavior. Are we genuinely more joyful when we’re mature? This question makes me want to go skipping down my block and watch the expressions on my neighbors’ faces.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      🤣

      2 years ago
  11. Carol

    Children can teach us to be in the moment. They can teach us how to love unconditionally. They can teach us how valuable stories can be and how we and they can learn from storytelling. Many years ago, I was visiting my daughter’s family at their fishing camp which is located at a beautiful lake. I was sitting on the boat dock and my grandchildren were playing in the water surrounding the dock. My seven year old granddaughter plunged head first under the water and I waited for her to surface but it seemed to me to be taking too long so I started taking off my shoes and was ready to dive in and find her. Just as I started to jump in the water, she popped to the surface with her arms out stretched and full of sea weed. I sighed with relief and laughingly told her she looked like a seaweed witch. At that point my 9 year old grandson stood up in the water and dramatically spread out his arms responding, “And I’m the God of the Sea! Tell us a story, Grandma.” So I started weaving a story about the relationship between the Seaweed Witch and the God of the Sea. But when my grandson realized I was going to conclude the story with a happy ending, he interrupted me and said with such sincerity, “Why do your stories always have happy endings, Grandma? All stories do not have happy endings!” I can’t say that his response brought me joy. I was speechless. But I can say that I found joy in his wisdom. He was my teacher that day. He was not sad when he shared that wisdom but he was so real. What he intuitively knew has taken me years to learn. Today, I can say that for me, God’s will is that I live in reality and I have found that accepting that has helped me be real. I remind myself that “What is IS” so I go with the flow. I understand that I will not always be worthy. I can still screw up. But I know from the depth of my being that I am of worth even when some days my story does not have a happy ending. For this I’m grateful.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      loved this. You told it so perfect I could picture it in my mind. I love all things ‘witchy’ and I never heard of a seaweed witch, love it.

      2 years ago
    2. sparrow

      2 years ago
    3. Charlie T

      Thank you Carol. Here’s to seeing things as they are. ❤️

      2 years ago
    4. Holly in Ohio

      And I am grateful for that WONDERFUL sharing, Carol!
      Your grandchildren… what a joy!
      I will be thinking of this today with a smile on my face. 🙂

      2 years ago
  12. Marnie Jackson

    To live in the moment and play. Not to let our realities impede our imagination

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Marie, Beautifully said!

      2 years ago
  13. Mary Pat

    To be spontaneous, and that anything anywhere can give us joy, especially if we see it as a child!

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      😄👍

      2 years ago
  14. EJP

    Children teach us the joy in the simple things of life.

    2 years ago
  15. Holly in Ohio

    Let joy come to the surface.

    Don’t overthink or self criticize.

    Focus on what is before us, whatever that is, with curiosity! It is a toy.

    2 years ago
  16. Laura

    Whole-body presence to each moment.

    2 years ago
  17. M
    Mahua Seth

    Simple things are enough to give immense joy …

    2 years ago
  18. J K

    the art of being pure at heart

    2 years ago
  19. Michele

    Their laughter, innocence, and smiles can instantly bring joy.

    2 years ago
  20. sunnypatti48317

    Kids are always in the moment, the true definition of Be Here Now. I love how they always speak their truth, how they break out dancing if they feel the rhythm, and how they put play first.

    2 years ago
  21. Kevin

    Children can teach us everything about joy. Having worked directly with children and teens for nearly fifty years in various capacities, the joy they exude and teach in every breath is perhaps what I missed the most following retirement.

    2 years ago
  22. Maria Martins

    They don’t understand the concept of money, of greed, of materialistic conquers we have during our life and they are the happiest. They teach us that play, love, friends, family are enough <3

    2 years ago
  23. Christine

    Sing, dance, play.

    2 years ago

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