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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
–Henry David Thoreau

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If you could have anything in your life today, what would it be? What about keeping the door open for good things to enter, even if you do not yet know what those things might be? And what about the planet: what wonderful things might be possible for life on earth? Imagine: beautiful waterfalls, plush meadows, chirping skylarks, soaring eagles, and tall pines.

Young children repeatedly ask many questions we haven’t thought of: why are people poor, why don’t we like ants, why do we kill dandelions, why don’t we have more electric cars . . . why, why, why? Adults, in our “practical adult mode,” often answer with myriad reasons why something will not work, rather than exploring the possibilities open to young minds. Future generations always come up with things that the previous generation never imagined: bicycles, electricity, telephones, automobiles, airplanes, spaceships, space travel, computers, internet, cell phones. If we don’t set up a list of limitations for why something will not work, it is possible that each day will present endless potential: for change, for improvement, for new opportunities. Think about cigarette smoking forty years ago. It was considered “fashionable” and rebellious. Today, we understand the health risks. We try to teach our children differently based on new information.

We also need to listen to our children. They ask helpful questions. They are not set in patterns and old ways of thinking.

Learning to think and believe like a child is to reclaim your innocence. If you want to finger paint, there is no “critic” telling you how to do it. If you want to laugh, play, and enjoy life, there is no “adult” telling you to “act your age.” If you want to sing, you just sing. If you want to dance in the mud, you take off your shoes. If you love your family, animals, trees, and home, you smile and say, “I love you.”

Today: I am open to possibilities. I allow what is beneficial to enter my life. I go forward with optimism and trust. Like a child, I am willing to try something different. I am open to new ideas. I am willing to love.

In joy and gratitude,


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