“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lesson from a Two Year Old

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. 
When you do a thing, do it with all your might. 
Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. 
Be active, be energetic and faithful,
 and you will accomplish your object. 
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a small airport close to our home.  It has a playground, 
a restaurant and an observation area where you can sit and watch the planes landing and taking off.  It is one of our grandson Jackson's favorite places.  He loves airplanes and has since he was a baby.  Long before he could talk he would point to the sky anytime he could hear the sound of an aircraft overhead.  He quickly learned to differentiate the type of aircraft by the sound; and, airplane, helicopter, and jumbo jet airplane were early additions to his vocabulary.  His favorite toys include Jeremy the jumbo jet airplane and Harold the helicopter from the Thomas the Tank Engine series of toys.  

You could say that Jackson is passionate about airplanes.  Recently, his father took him to an air show and shot a video of his reactions to the planes.  These are shots from the video.  I love them!  There is no one better than a two and a half year old to show you how to live.

It is a shame that this enthusiastic, exuberant way of being that is so naturally a part of each of us is, so often, socialized out of us before we leave grade school.  We learn to be quiet, not make a fuss, and to color inside the lines.  

I love watching Jackson.  He is fully present in every experience.  His complete range of emotions is  available and fully expressed, be it joy, excitement, sadness, anger, frustration or anxiety.  This beautiful little boy is such a gift.  He knows how to live out loud and by example challenges all those who love him to live their lives to the fullest as well.  Thank you sweet boy for all the wonder you bring into our lives every day.  

1 comment:

Valerie said...

Dottie, thank you for sharing about your grandson and enthusiasm. I just finished a birthday blessing for my grandson and then found your blog post: very timely and encouraging.