See The World Through the Eyes of a Child, and You Are Free

Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.

Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, have a way of opening their eyes and seeing the wonders and beauties of this world as though seeing them for the first time.

– Joseph Wirthlin

Today is about dirt. I had to learn about it, again, from my 2-year-old last week.

She and I were playing outside — something we have more time to do right now. She started to roll around in the grass, and asked me to play in the grass, too. As I got close to the ground, I inhaled the wonderfully sweet and earthy scent of spring soil. I hadn’t smelled that in a long time. What an unexpected gift.

This photo is of a child, having a fantastic time with dirt and water. The more bits of Kansas he had on him, the more shrieks of laughter I heard.

It think most adults keep forgetting the joys of simple things like dirt. I am lucky to have children around to remind me. This week, I also had the opportunity to teach my 2-year-old the joys of making big splashes in mud puddles, so maybe I can also remind them on occasion.

See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.

– Deepak Chopra

Rural Kansas, 2016

(I originally wrote this on March 31, and am sharing it on my blog for the first time today.)

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