A few months ago, I discovered a great thing about my daughter.
She loves the outdoors. I mean really loves it. Every chance she gets she is moving slowly outside so she can be in it that much more.
In fact, I have started to give us a 10 minute “nature buffer” so she can amble around. It’s helping me to arrive on time with a LOT less stress, all in aid of helping her have the time to enjoy nature.
She can’t get enough of it. I find this highly amusing since I do not care for the outdoors AT ALL.
I mean, most of the time I would choose reading a book curled up on the sofa under a blanket. Then there are those times the book gets closed and I will watch a movie with her. Curling up with her, watching a movie is my idea of a great time. She loves the park and the pool, equally. The unadulterated joy on her face is so clear, that it has led to a funny outcome.
I have actually started to see the world through her eyes and have grown to appreciate nature more and as I look at the stick or rock that she picks up and hands to me, I wonder with her at all this beauty.
She will go out of her way to pick up a rock or stick or a blade of grass and she loves to run up to trees and sit under them. She is perfectly content to sit outside and walk around and gets so much joy in the great outdoors.
Her joy has actually led to my enjoyment of these outings to the park or even our yard.
I was struck by this today and realized she is teaching me to appreciate something I didn’t even know I was missing.
I feel humbled by this and can only hope she will keep teaching me to have “fresh eyes” when looking at something.
So whether you have a kid at home or not, I think we can all embrace the idea of learning something new about something we see every day. It might be a coworker who displays an interest in something you only have a passing interest in so you ask more questions, and learn some interesting things that if you had just dismissed it, you would have missed out on learning. How about a friend who tells you about a new hobby that you know nothing about? What could you miss out on by not listening, but only waiting for your turn to talk? We can all learn something from each other.
Think About It.