“When awaking from a deep slumber, forces conspire in opposition.
It takes courage to wake up, fortitude to get out of the proverbial bed.
The bliss of the moments between sleep and awareness are seductive,
We want them to last, and when they must end, we want them to end with more sleep.
Those eager to wake up are motivated by one of two things: driven-ness, or life.
The former wake one up from a place of resigned, robotic desperation…
…desperate to succeed.
…desperate to not disappoint.
…desperate to maintain.
…desperate to impress.
But the latter, those who awake for life, full life, those are the pure in heart.
They see God.
…in all circumstances.
…in all people.
May I see God? May I be pure in heart? Oh, how superior this sounds.
You have tasted life from the dead place of sleep walking. And you have tasted life from the living place of purity.
It was when you were young. You woke to each day saying hello to it, welcoming it, and offering yourself shamelessly, creatively, moment-by-moment, with eyes twinkling and wide open. I did not need to look or feel grand, it just was, and you knew it and embraced it as a child.
The Kingdom of Heaven can not be enjoyed, will not be yours to enjoy, unless you change and become like children.
– from the pen of Yours Truly, effortlessly, with wonder about what it means
I took my daughter to breakfast this morning, and we shared both roaring laughter and tender tears. She is the real deal, engaging in life, dealing with her surroundings, learning about her emotions and the hearts and wounds of others. And God.
Part of the roaring laughter (and somehow the catalyst for the above piece), was this video she spontaneously made yesterday. I still can’t stop laughing, watching the combination of her using her creative, story-telling mind and her mom’s creative, visual-altering software:
Have a fully alive day.