“If children are to keep alive their inborn sense of wonder, they need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with them the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson
Growing up is a part of life. And while we grow up, we gain so much–knowledge, understanding, independence, direction. Unfortunately, we often lose as much as well–our innocence, our curiosity, our sense of wonder. That is why it is important for us as adults–and especially as parents–to share in this sense of wonder with our children. Doing so helps to keep alive much of what that child may come to lose, and brings back much of what we fail to notice–“the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
Life is teeming with marvels, wonders, and beauties that are available for us to experience each moment that we are alive. But over the course of our lives, many of us have forgotten how to recognize these things. Perhaps we become too busy or too distracted, or maybe our priorities have changed. Yet regardless of how we have lost that sense of wonder, the world has still remained wonderful, and we can experience it if we choose to.
Do not let children lose their sense of wonder. Show them that it is a good investment. Experience the adventures of life with them. Show more courage and trust life. Doing so will help you to relate better with children and may help to re-awaken the innate sense of wonder we all have available to us.
Help a child find and enjoy wonder in this world always.
Questions to consider:
Do you still find “joy, excitment, and mystery in the world?”
What are some ways in which you can share in the “inborn sense of wonder” of a child?
Why is it difficult to trust life sometimes?
For further thought:
“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka