“Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.” Black Elk
There's a natural innocence and naivety to childhood. Children live in the moment, act spontaneously without fear of consequences and are fearless when it comes to going after what fascinates them. Because they're not yet restrained by the pressures and demands of the world, children see and experience the world in a different way than adults.
Sadly, as we get older we begin to limit ourselves as to what is and what is not possible. Much is lost when the child we were becomes the adult we are. Doubt, fear and hesitation replace the childlike sense of wonder and the playful delight that children feel when they go after what fascinates them.
Imagine a young girl bending over, peering into a sparkling pond and becoming fascinated by the shiny silver fish that is circling near the edge of the pond. She repeatedly reaches into the water to grab the fish, but it's elusive and quickly darts this way or that to avid being captured.
But even as seemingly elusive as the fish is, the child believes that if she just keeps trying she'll catch hold of it. She can't swim, but she has no fear of falling into the pond. She's a mess and her clothes are wringing wet, but she's not the least bit concerned with how she looks. Nor has she given a moment's thought as to what she'd do with the fish if she actually caught it. Yet, the fish fascinates her and it really does not matter if she catches the fish or not, because as she playfully tries to catch the fish she experiences the fun and delight of a magic moment in life.
I suppose it is a necessary part of life that our youthful naivety and our innocent fearlessness fade as we get older, but moments of fearlessly reaching out for the wonder and beauty of life is a amazing place to start from....and a wonderful place to allow ourselves to return to from time to time.
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