Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, writes the story about her daughter, coming home from school in early December, telling her mother she got one of the great parts in the Nativity Play.
“What part did you get?”
“I’m the Star of Bethlehem!” the daughter says proudly.
“Well, what will you do?” Sue asks.
“I just stand there and shine.”
Children know how to grasp the essential, don’t they? While we labour trying to keep up with our schedules (and our neighbours!), we often forget what’s truly important.
I recall another story of the little boy (or was it a girl?) whose class was given the assignment of naming the seven wonders of the world. While the other children argued over the Taj Mahal and the Amazon river, this little lad finally burst out with, “I don’t think I understand the assignment.” So the teacher asked him to read his list. So he did, saying: ‘I think the seven wonders of the world are to see, to hear, to touch, to smell,to feel,to love,
Once again, a child shall lead us. But do we want to be led?
Have we lost our sense of wonder?
I recall going to a beautiful reserve forest a few years ago. It was thrilling to look out for monkeys, birds, the Malabar squirrel and elephant herds. Imagine our dismay, when a group of tourists walked by, talking loudly and attempting to take photographs of themselves and being worried about their hair flying in the wind!
I see people going for walks talking away on their mobile phones. What could be so important, I think? Remember, the quintessential Japanese tourist who supposedly went all over snapping up pictures to view and show back home? The sad news is that now he’s all of us! We’re too busy snapping pictures for our blogs and Facebook pages to really enjoy the beauty of Nature or feel a sense of wonder at an ancient monument.
Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. ~ Roald Dahl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Happy to be linking in with The 1Word Blog Challenge. Held every Wednesday – the words given were ‘lost’ or ‘truth’. I chose ‘lost’.
The link up hosts are:
Lisa @ The Golden Spoons
Janine @ Confessions of A Mommyaholic
Marcia @ Blogitudes