When my son Brandon was about two years old, he would often wake up in the morning before I was ready to start my day. Being pregnant back then with my sixth child caused me to need a lot of sleep and I found myself rising at later times in the morning. That is to say I tried to but it is impossible to ignore a toddler who is awake and ready to start the day. What I often did was to pick Brandon up and bring him to bed with me in the hopes he would go back to sleep himself. He would nuzzle close, place one chubby thumb in his mouth and with his other hand caress my face all the while murmuring, “Mommy, Mommy.” With so much love and adoration, how could I possibly go back to being asleep? I have never risen from bed in the morning so happy and content as I did in those days.
There is something about small children that makes me feel their spirits are more pure and not yet tarnished by the woes of life. Jesus spoke about the importance of being like a child. The more I contemplate this, the more I see why. When we are small, we love our parents unconditionally and quickly forget when they anger us. Then comes a certain time in our lives when we begin to perceive more and more faults within our parents and others. I think for me it began between the age of nine and eleven. When we are still young we learn that people aren’t perfect but rarely find fault with ourselves. Then we enter adolescence and find all we perceive as faults within ourselves….you know, the ones nobody else sees. If we decide to take the spiritual path of love and wisdom, we begin to discover what our true faults are only then to discover that there are no faults, only ways we have to learn to love and grow better. One such way is realizing that we must grow younger. Like Brandon when he was two, we need to look at individual people with love and see right to their spirits and know that’s who they are. Have you ever had someone look at you that way and see your real self? It’s the part of you that you know intimately and hope that others would see…but they often do not. If you have ever had that experience then you know that what comes next is that you begin to yearn to be who you really are. You end up courageously allowing yourself to shine through. You begin to trust and love people more and see the true in others.