• A Life Lesson from the Babies…

  • To find true joy you must see the magic in the little things

    The squeal rang out and every mom went running.  Imagine our surprise when we rounded the corner and there they were a group of toddlers the oldest maybe 4 who were all gathered in a circle.  They were pointing and jumping and “oooing” laughter and delight oozing from every ounce of their body. We expected tears and found none.

    The adults were puzzled and slowly moved forward unsure of what we would find in the center of all the mayhem.  And there it was…. a small puddle (remember in El Paso, Tx rain is a rare thing!) that the light was catching perfectly displaying a rainbow so beautiful it almost brough tears to your eyes.  What the children were laughing at though was the fact that they could make it disappear and re-appear at will.  A hand, a head, little sally’s backside all blocked the sun for just a moment for making their “treasure” go away only to reappear with squeals of delight not far behind.

    Moments before the interruption, we “adults” were discussing how frustrated we were that our plans had to be changed because of the weather, and how we hoped the kids weren’t to disappointed.  The funny thing was, that none of them cared.  They were happy to be together and enjoying the moment that the “weather” had created and were in pure joy.

    Sometimes as adults we forget it’s not about the “what” we do nor the plan we make, but finding the joy in the moments that present themselves in our life.  So as I watch the puddles form I’m looking for the rainbows, and I’ll think with gratitude to the day that the babies reminded me what it’s all about!

     

    ~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up  and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com

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