Saturday, January 05, 2008

The Beauty of Wonder… And of Children


“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”
~Robert Fulghum

This one goes on the cover of my gratitude journal. I think that wonder is the twin of joy.

Today, I am grateful for my children... they keep my eyes open to the wonder all around me. They also are open-hearted, and keep my heart from crusting over entirely when someone hurts me by their coldness and cruelty. They remind me that everyone starts out the same way, open and innocent. And they remind me constantly of what I've been teaching them.

That people are important.

And that loving people is not easy, but it is worth the time, effort, patience, and trouble, even when the love is not reciprocated.

Someone once said something to the effect that the amazing thing is not that adults make children, but that children make adults. This is so deep, and so true.


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