Sometimes the best lessons in life come when you least expect it, and sometimes the best teacher is the one who is just authentically living life.
My dear friend Stacey came to my home for a visit while my grandchildren were here. She got an extra dose of love, energy and delightful chaordic displays of life. What she wrote when she went home, touched me deeply. I would like to share a glimpse into what she experienced.
“Today I was reminded ever so gently of a beautiful moment while visiting a friend’s house when her grandkids were outside playing. Carried away in conversation I was, when my spirit felt that little nudge from Spirit, “listen with your heart my friend, as life is creating an invitation for you... behold”.
… [T]he conversation carried on around me, but I was suddenly aware of the actions of a very dedicated almost, 3 year old and her dolly she had so tenderly placed in the swing. The smile began to slowly envelop my face as I saw her gently push her beloved doll in the swing and then hurriedly scurry about 10 feet away, turn around and clasp her hands in pure amazement and joy. Literally this girl was beaming from head to toe and with a little squeal of excitement, that gently turned into the softest whisper, she said, “My dolly is so SO happy!” And with that gentle phrase, I saw her whole being exhale the most exquisite and content little sigh I’ve ever seen.
… [L]ife is always full of opportunities to behold and to learn deep, but little did I know the treasure that was in store for me in this particular encounter. As the swing slowly lost momentum, she would return and chat a little with her doll making sure she was safely secure in the swing, before another push sent her little feet scurrying to what I had quickly perceived was the “best view” to watch her beloved little dolly. Her absolute joy in observing her doll in the swing never lost its momentum, nor the consistency of her expression of delight, of the joy her dolly was indeed having. I must admit I was beginning to believe that her dolly was literally smiling with enjoyment.
Just when I thought it couldn’t have gotten any more deeply nestled in my spirit, her grandma comes into the scene and secures not just the one dolly but a second one, making the beloved dolly even more secure in the little swing! Then like any amazing grandma would do, she diligently, and might I say ever so patiently, (remind you she isn’t quite three yet) showed her granddaughter the fine art of underdogs! What a splendid sight indeed, as she mirrored her grandma. Now it was like she was embracing and then launching her beloved dollies into the merriment of the moment, as she herself had a head start on the action of observing!
Time after time this little one began to master the art of underdogs as she readily embraced each opportunity to suspend her dollies into flight and each time her feet briskly made their way to the stump as she gazed upon them with absolute delight and purest sincerest of affections. No mistaking the love she had for her dolls and absolutely no mistaking the delight she was having in just “enjoying them enjoying”.
I can tell you I observed this precious little one playing with her baby doll later on, but I will never forget the opportunity I was given to partake of her simply delighting in the gift her doll was upon her little life, and the good pleasure it brought her to just be in proximity to that which she most definitely held dear. And for that, I am most wondrously thankful, for the gift she taught me that day and for the years that I will be unpacking the precious moment with the One that loves me most.”
Through this tender revealing of my friend’s heart in this experience, I saw how parents, grandparents, God and all those intimately connected in relationship can capture that moment of watching their loved ones and entering into their delight as it overwhelms their soul with love….. I know during this holiday season I want to capture each moment of watching those I love delight in all that captures their hearts with joy!