Jan 28, 2020
Can you imagine what it must be like to be a toddler? Not knowing anything, the world is a buffet filled with an overwhelming array of delicacies of which to partake. There are so many brilliant lights, colors, textures, tastes, visions of unknown faces that for some reason distort into the most amusing faces that just make you want to laugh. So many interesting sounds that catch your attention. You just want to put everything in your mouth, you want to experience everything to it’s fullest.
The world is fascinating, because it’s unknown. But soon you’re taught this is a this, that is a that, you are a you, and start making all sorts of conclusions, thinking you understand yourself and the world. Those ideas are seeds which sprout, grow and begin to compete with your natural joy and wonder.
As you grow older, that wonder is gradually replaced by predictability, knowing what each day is going to offer before it’s even begun. Though this may seem novel at first, gaining control and mastery of the unknown world, it eventually grows stale. The older you get, the more you long for the days of old, when the world was fresh and invigorating, where nothing was known and everything experienced for the first time.
What’s amusing about this, is this is how it always is. All things are always fresh and new. It’s only our ideas which give us the impression that we know something. When we think we know something, we imprison the fresh and hold it hostage, and in our grip it’s image rots. But when letting go of our stronghold on the past, we’ll surprisingly see that it’s immediately replaced by something vastly more beautiful than the stale images we had thought were reality.
Life can not be held onto, it’s forever moving, and must be experienced in the moment. The child is not concerned with yesterday or tomorrow, but with the wonder of it’s current experience. See as a child, see the wonder, see how things actually are.