Monday, June 11, 2012
My cousin Virlene is visiting from Houston with her sons Elliot (far left) and Max. The boys play with my niece, Jasmine, in their "fort" under a grove of palm trees. I recall when, as a kid, a clearing under a grove of palms could be a "fort" for me. Some of the most vivid, exciting, happy, and amazing days of my life! Every single moment was thrilling, electrifying, and full of discovery. ...And those days lasted forever! A "day" in my childhood seemed like it took a year to go by. Children can become so "completely present in the moment" that time virtually stops. Each and every nanosecond is lived and savored to the maximum.
There is so much we can learn from baby humans. Their Operating System 'software' remains as it was intended: logically perfect and "virus-free" (no racism, no hate, no judgment, no bitterness, no religion, no prejudice, no fear, no 'rat race,' no materialism). We adults ought to pay more attention to how kids embrace life and live it so intensely. Who says we have to grow up?