This post actually came from a speech I gave recently at a Toastmasters meeting; the speech was called”Be Like A Child“.
I had failed an attempt to color in an adult coloring book.
Instead of being able to relax; I was tense. Instead of taking my time; I was rushing. Instead of being in the moment; I was thinking about what I wanted to accomplish next.
From this epiphany I wondered about my daily journey, Am I enjoying each day?
I enjoyed each day when I was young.
When I was young I didn’t think too far ahead. My parents were “in the driver seat” and they took care of planning and doing all the things that I was oblivious to. I metaphorically enjoyed the ride and looked out the window and it was relaxing and fun.
I remember enjoying each day after nearly losing the ability to.
After a period of five months in the hospital, and nearly dying – I remember finally leaving the hospital. I paused at the exit, finally able to enjoy a breeze, and feel the sun on my face. I stood there and lived that moment in the doorway of the hospital.
So what was I learning? Do I need a second childhood to live in the moment and enjoy what is going on around me? Do I have to darken death’s door to savor the treat of wind on my face?
I hope not.
I decided that I wanted to recover, and that we all should recover certain child like behaviors.
Confidence – a child does not make decisions based on success or failure, just seeks fun, and new experiences. Yes, I want child like confidence and child like positive attitude.
The ability to love and appreciate life – meaning myself, other people, and the world. The mindset that stops and appreciates the small beautiful things. The mindset that is generous and without hesitation tells people in my life that I love them, I appreciate them, my life is better because of them.
I compared our lives to a bowl of soup. We are all given a bowl and each day is spoonful of life from our bowl. But some bowls will be empty before others, and none of us know when that spoonful is our last.
Taste your spoonful each day. Be like a child. Be like a child, taste it and don’t rush. It’s the only bowl you get.
Don’t nearly die first, Today remember your bowl is limited. Be like a child in confidence. Be like a child in generosity, and appreciating life. Take a deep breath, feel the breeze, get down on your knees and admire the green of moss.
Bless you and thank you for reading.
In between everything else this year I am trying to walk 7 kms each day. The youtube video below is one I made early February 9 about a kilometre from my home just after sunrise, instead of a wintery breeze it was calm so I savoured it.