Have You Lost It Completely?

Wonder Free SpiritTired of the day-to-day grind? Tired of all of the must do now society? Are you just tired?

Do you remember the days of yore when you jumped through the rain puddles and not over them?

When you caught fireflies in a glass jar to wonder at them and then set then free to fly again and light up?

The honeysuckle bushes that smelled so sweet you breathed heavily, deep with wonder? Then plucked one tiny flower to pull that mysterious stem out and put it on your tongue to taste the sweet nectar?

We knew no rush and tumble then. Only long days.

Do you remember the book, the one book that transported you to another world? Where you felt yourself being guided through the story by an unknown being? You were caught in the garden labyrinth with trouble just behind you?

You were there. No memory was as sweet and true as this one. You were there as truly as you sit here now.

Why can’t we find that again? Is it irreparably lost to us? I say, “No. Never”

Never will I let that world disappear. For if I did, I would lose part of my soul.

Don’t ever lose the magic of discovery and innocence. We are all still children in this  beautiful world. You can be dignified and adult and still, quietly hold that special wonder in your side pocket during meetings.

Try it. You might find yourself smiling. Once again.

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13 thoughts on “Have You Lost It Completely?

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  2. Hi Lee, I think what you’ve said describes pretty well the reason I like to write music — when I am writing a song, I feel the same enthusiasm I felt as a kid when I was exploring without the need to satisfy someone else or abide by some timetable. “The magic of discovery” is a good term for it.

    1. Hi Chris, I can relate to that and here is why. When we create, we need to allow a certain part of us to unleash from the strict rules of life and find wonder—and feed on it. What is necessary for that is to shut off the critical/logical left brain and allow the wonder-filled right brain full leash to find what it may. People who have had strokes in the left brain find wonder and gratefulness in everything- now the language is gone so that is not recommended ;) But without knowing it, we allow our creative, wonder-filled side to explore and pick words from the left side as needed which is where the discovery in the writing process comes in. We never know what words we will find while writing. Often it is a surprise to us, just like many things were at first encounter as a child. I find I learn so much while writing that I never would have imagined in a day to day ‘balanced’ living approach. As you termed it the ‘timetable’ is shut off. It’s a delightful feeling, isn’t it? It is the magic of discovery. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Bizarre timing, Lee.

    Just last night while driving home with my wife, we had a very similar conversation about how the moon looked – and the memories of discovery and awe it reminded us of.

    What a pleasant, calming, nice read this was. Thank you :)

  4. Lee,
    Yes, I did lose it completely):

    This post reminded me of the hours that I spent jumping into puddles, playing with insects and tasting the sweetness of honeysuckle on my tongue.

    And I remember more than one book which transported me to a magical place and ‘pop idols’ with whom I fantasized true love.
    I’d lost that magic so long ago, but I’m ready to go home.

    As Amit said, back then I’d enjoyed the present moment, then life filled with busyness and I began to worry about the future.

    1. Innocence lost and then found again. And as I’ve stated before, books are such a strong presence in our lives from first to latest. Thank you for stopping by, Priska!! (Oh the pop stars ;)

  5. Beautiful post Lee – your best yet!

    Reading this made me a bit sad, because I do remember trapping fireflies and then letting them out again. Back then, I routinely appreciated the present moment, and on a daily basis that brought me ‘easy’ joy. Then my parents and my culture got to me, and I started obsessing about the future.

    Something I’ve been working on a lot this month is enjoying myself without feeling guilty. Until I was actually able to do it, I never realized how big of a problem it was. Or to say it differently, I forgot just how great the joy of unburdened discovery and innocence can be.

    1. This means a lot to me, Amit. That you are able to capture that innocence and wonder is a gift few have these days in this go-go society. I hope we can all step back from the hustle of life and fall into that wonderful innocence of the moment.

  6. Your words spoke to me, Lee. Like Lori, this reminded me of something I read, albeit more recently. Courtney Carver of Be More with Less has this weekly post called “Simplicity in Action” and recently a woman named Nancy was featured. She was commenting about how plugged in we are as a society and that we’re even doing it to our kids now. If these trends continue, not too many kids will grow up to have the kind of fond memories that you had of childish wonder.

    With your words added to the power of others, hopefully people will get the point that awe, wonder, and joy in the little things is what brings genuine happiness.

    1. As a father of a young child and having experienced the joys our generation luckily did; you know the importance of wonderment and innocent gatherings of nature. In today’s world far too many children are given Ritalin for ‘their’ ADD and now many adults are dx’d with this label when it is the environment we live in. As it goes now, it is not a fanciful plot in a sci-fi novel that our water will have Ritalin in it. (Take the bait all of you sci-fi writers) I’ve written of a number of people closing up their daily blogs to live life again. We can only hope that a strong balance is achieved in the near future for our children. It will take great minds to get back to the innocents of our youth. But we must hold that not as an ideal but a prerequisite for the expansion of imagination.

  7. It’s interesting to me that every happy memory of childhood brings back memories of books. Glad that was the case for you as well.

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