DRY TIMES, LESSONS FROM A THREE YEAR OLD AND KINDNESS

DRY TIMES

It’s been a slow week as far as writing is concerned. Maybe the ten-day photography challenge wore me out or perhaps it’s simply one of those weeks when words stagger across the computer screen, trip over each other and refuse to form a coherent sentence.

Instead of worrying, we can see these dry periods as an opportunity to doodle about on the page instead of trying to write something ‘serious’. Maybe I should heed the words of the Dalai Lama:

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

LESSONS FROM A THREE YEAR OLD

The day before I completed the #developingyoureye photography challenge I handed my grand-daughter my compact, point-and-shoot, carry in your purse, camera. It’s fairly indestructible, so once I showed her how to turn the camera on and what happens when she puts her finger over the lens, I handed her the camera and took her out into our small garden and let her play. Here are some of the results:

A three year old doesn’t compare herself to others, she knows nothing about ‘should’ or ‘ought’ but she does know a lot about play, the sheer delight that comes from doing something because it’s fun.

As I watched my grand-daughter run from one object to the other I was confronted by my desire to ‘make art’ instead of letting myself play and discover. A small garden and a precious child taught me a lot about perspective and how to frame my world.

KINDNESS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

The Buddha tells us that,

A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.

I received a package this morning from my daughter-in-law-who-lives-interstate. Inside were four jars of gluten-free muesli, a loving gift of unexpected kindness. I’ve not been able to spend as much time as I would like with this new addition to our family but this morning I learned she has a kind and generous heart. I am lucky to have her in my life.

The dry (writing) time will end but I expect I’ll continue to learn more valuable lessons from my grand-daughter and my daughter in law. To rephrase the Dalai Lama, not getting what I want made me appreciate what I have.

When was the last time not getting what you wanted turned out to be a stroke of luck?

 

11 thoughts on “DRY TIMES, LESSONS FROM A THREE YEAR OLD AND KINDNESS

  1. Such a beautiful life lesson… Isn’t it interesting seeing what captures a child’s attention? And I LOVED the Buddha quote. If we all subscribed to that, wouldn’t the world be a better place??? As to your question at the end there, I’ll have to give it some thought. That was an interesting question! In fact, we’re going to have a short hiatus after finishing Robert Allen’s book in the Sandbox. I am going to solicit questions/prompts from anyone interested for a couple weeks before we get serious with a new book. Would you mind if I referred to your blog and used that question for my first vacation post?

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    1. I’d be honoured, Calensariel, thank you. I’m going to give the camera to my granddaughter the next time we go out so she has more things to look at and photograph. When her father came to collect her she was very eager to show him the photos she took on, as she said, ‘my new camera’! I love her confidence and the fact she was happy to leave it with me to look after!

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      1. Are you planning on printing them out for her and making a scrapbook or something in case she turns out to be a famous photographer? You never know what a little encouragement can do! (Well yes, you probably do! 😉 )

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      2. I hadn’t thought of that. I wonder, however, if her generation will know what a scrapbook is, unless it’s on a screen and at the tip of their fingers? I will certainly save them for her and yes, put some in a scrapbook along with the theatre tickets to the shows we’ve seen and the ones I hope to take her to in the future.

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