My five-year-old niece is the apple of my eye. Her innocence fascinates me. My favorite story about her is the time when she was playing in the pool with her friend Jackson. It was time for Jackson to go home and before he left, she reached into her bag of snacks and offered her last granola bar to Jackson as a parting gift. Pure selflessness!
Every time she has a birthday, I wonder how long until that innocence is gone. I often wish to protect her and keep her a child forever, her unconditional love and fearlessness intact.
Marianne Williamson says, “If left to the children, the world would stay innocent.” At some point during our lives, fear takes over love. It drives our attitudes, actions and thoughts. It shapes our world with violence, greed and suffering.
Good news! That love is still within us all. It’s up to us as adults to dig deep and find it again.
Marianne Williamson puts it eloquently. “We need to find that simplicity and live there, cleave to that place and pray never to leave.”
What a beautiful place this would be if in our childlike simplicity nobody was afraid to give away their last granola bar.