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Jun. 8th, 2009 | 09:29 pm

In the midst of my sleep-deprived stupor today, a thought occurred to me. It happened around the time I was trying to bounce my very-awake cooing newborn to sleep in a sling while chasing my gleefully squealing naked toddler around the dining table. Where do they get their energy from? What is it about life that invigorates them so much? Then the answer hits me - everything!

My newborn can stare at his own hands for ten minutes, completely fascinated. My toddler can play with his shadow for half an hour, yelling at the top of his lungs the whole time. When he was a newborn, my toddler could watch our cat’s every movement for hours without even blinking. My newborn seems to think that every song I sing is deserving of a big gummy grin and a long cooing commentary rivaling that of the American Idol judges. And apparently my toddler just loves the feeling of air billowing around his privates.

Why is it that we, as adults, take these things for granted? It seems like we just” don’t have time” for these things. But the truth is, we’ll never have time. We’re all running out of time. We’re all headed for a meeting with Death, whether sooner or later, we can’t know. So why not make time for appreciating the simple, yet profound, things that life, nature, family and friends have to offer?

Look at your face in the mirror and really take a good look at yourself – the slope of your nose, the angle of your jaws, the curve of your eyebrows. Play with your shadow – have a shadow puppet competition with your friends. Watch God’s other creatures go about their business – a cat grooming itself, a bird feeding its young, a tree billowing in the wind. Sing! – Have a karaoke session with your friend, or sing with your best voice while you shower. You can even feel the joy of “hanging free” – but only if you plan on doing naked circuits around your own dining table, thanks.

Life isn’t short or long. It is what it is. You can either enjoy every bit of it while you still can, or you can choose to disregard the small details only to realize one day that the small details are all that mattered...

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Moi

From: chuchuchie
Date: Jun. 10th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
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*hugs* this is very inspiring.. it made me smile :) thank you for sharing that thought ^_^

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