"While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about."
God has truly opened my eyes and shared with me amazing life lessons through watching Kelly innocently live life.
Like most toddlers eventually do, Kelly wanted to wear his daddy's boots to walk in. Imitating him however ended up in him clomping around clumsily, tripping over objects, while chattering up a storm and giggling over his experience of wearing a pair of shoes too big to fill.
It was during one particular afternoon that Shawn had left his knee high waders along side the entry door.
The massive, heavy boots captivated Kelly and he pulled them down to the floor to explore them, and not realizing his size, perhaps try to put them on and wear them like he saw his daddy do.
"I think they're a little bit too big for you," I said to Kelly as he accepted the help from me to advance one foot in front of the other.
He was standing tall like daddy now, and by himself, balancing , swaying back and forth dancing almost in one spot, "I think your going to have to grow into those buddy.." Shawn chuckled...
How often do we focus our energy into fitting ourselves into a different pair of shoes, or perhaps like Kelly, too eagerly try to grow out of our own as fast as we can.
Where we are right now, is where we are suppose to be. Have you ever watched a child play? They are in the moment. They have left behind their worries and aren't obsessing over tomorrow's. They learn lessons through loving reprimand and find joy in all circumstance. "They have enough sense to go out in the rain."
Attempting to hurry through life without experiencing it, changing our circumstances without first appreciating the journey that led us into them, or leaving the place we are presently in before we learn from our mistakes won't help us to fill a pair of bigger shoes or stand tall and independently in a pair that we are trying to step into - in stead it will prevent us from filling them. Don't become so complacent that you forget to stop and smell the roses....be present in the moment, find joy in all circumstances, respect lessons life offers us, and you will look down one day and see you're standing in those shoes all by yourself, the soles created by your experiences, the comfort of a worn in pair shaped by joy found through all circumstances, and footprints for your children to follow.
"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate."