We have been digging for potatoes. It was our Little One’s first experience, of feeling a home grown spud in her tiny hands.
She lovingly carried it around the garden while carefully inspecting it. However despite my assurances of the potatoe’s name and function, our Little One loudly announced “BALL” then proceeded to throw it onto the grass ahead.
There is much to learn – for both of us.
In a world that values knowledge of and connection to technology more than the natural environment and self awareness, it’s important as parents we show and explain the difference.
As her mum, what do I believe are the essential lessons I would strive to install – above all else? This is the very question I have been reflecting upon as I sense my own need to be clear and focused on the answer.
My reflections (in no particular order)
Mindfulness – awareness of what is physically happening at the present moment. What can you hear, feel and smell, while disregarding the sense of sight and ignoring one’s own thoughts. Practiced daily, mindfulness can bring grounded peace even amongst life’s inevitable trials.
Compassion – everyone shares the need to love and be loved. We are all equal – not one being more or less important than another. Despite what others may say, compassion is not weakness but the ultimate strength – raising your voice for those who can’t, even against strong opposition. Always remember animals feel pain and fear just like humans. And being compassionate to ourselves is just as important as being compassionate to others.
Gratitude – being focused and grateful on what you have, instead of what you don’t have, leads to freedom and happiness. By no means does this imply that ‘settling’ is a virtue – one can be content while achieving goals and targets. Nothing new can be experienced without first being grateful.
Creativity – beyond painting and drawing, creativity is used to solve problems. Nothing is impossible, we are usually only limited by our imagination.
Beliefs – what we believe we can do and can’t, ultimately becomes accurate. To change the outcome, change what you believe. First however you need to be aware of what you believe.
Purpose – ‘to love, be loved and to make a positive difference’, is my own personal ‘meaning of life’. I pray she will discover early in life her own meaningful purpose for living.