The leaves crunched under our feet and the breeze lifted my hair. I glanced at my daughter and she was capturing yet another photo of yet another brightly colored leaf. Thirty minutes ago her eyes had been trained on her laptop. I had to drag her away from it, and now I wasn't sure I would be able to drag her back into the van to go home. As we approached the creek, she got that look in her eyes. The look that says she's going to conquer something. "Can I cross that water?" she asks me. "Yeah, sure. You'll get your feet wet if you fall in, though." As soon as permission is granted, she starts to hesitate. "I'm scared," she says with a giggle. The water is very shallow, but the creek is filled with an abundance of sharp rocks. Soon, however, her adventurous spirit takes over, and she crosses the water.
Once she realized she could do it, there was no stopping her. She scampered up and down the creek bed, making discoveries (mostly about physics, and what happens when you step wrong on a loose rock) along the way. She learned to adjust her footing in a precarious situation. She delighted in the signs of nature she discovered. She gained confidence in herself and her ability to overcome challenges. I watched all the expressions dance across her face and was reminded of all the learning that can happen when you wake up to your own life.
I don't have anything against technology. There are some aspects of technology that I love, and enjoy on a daily basis. But technology is limited. Real life cannot be found within a computer. Real life is what happens when you put the tech device down and focus on the people around you. You won't see the beauty of your life, and how blessed you actually are, when you are spending your time on social media, looking at someone else's blessings. That day at the park, my daughter and I were reminded of simple pleasures, like the earthy smell of a fall breeze, the pleasure of each other's company, and the joy to be found in breathing in the day, rather than rushing through it.
What can you do today, to breathe into the beauty of your day?
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