A small child plays in the garden, day after day. Absorbed in the magic before her. Alone yet deeply connected to life throbbing in everything around her. Alive, touching, feeling, tasting, exploring. This world so full of wonder. Anyone watching would have been intrigued by this partnership. The little girl greeting each new day to play her part in its unfolding. Nothing seemed amiss and nothing seemed missing. Immersed in presence. In a state of praise. For what is praise if not this? Being captivated by perfection, by abundance, by a world beyond imagination. This place of love. This feeling of belonging. A homecoming. That’s the secret of the child. Knowing that without her presence, this world would not be the same. Each dew drop precisely placed, each insect on its unique journey, each petal just so, is engaged in a dance of completion. An ode to God. Reach out and take her hand once more. The world stops for a moment and looks at you. Ready to play?
This piece was written around the time that I heard an interview with Alanis Morissette. She spoke about how we need to reconnect with our inner child if we want to access our creativity. I was at once jubilant in the knowledge that I was on to something and cut down to size by the fact that it was in no way ground breaking. X marks the spot, the spot in this case being your childhood, if you are looking for clues to find your purpose and your joy.
For those astonished at the disregard for grammar, I can only say; me too! But I have learnt that words have a mind of their own and in this piece they were clearly the embodiment of both the child and the feeling, neither of which fare well with rules 🙂
The child is making me think- where is he?
This resonates with me …. childhood innocence and perhaps, the believe in the good and forgoing the side to this world that is all dark and bad, only to return home with a sense of light heartedness. Thank you for these beautiful words. There is wisdom and fact in them. Wisdom; where creativity dwells in childhood years and fact; that we only can be our true ‘best’ selves if we can acknowledge and accept our beginnings. There is always more to learn and move forward with, when we can understand who we were in the past and where we want to go in the present. Creativity is a process that starts from a mother’s womb and goes till the end!!
Your words and your poetic phrase has brought a big smile on my face. Keep it coming my creative friend. You have got a ‘pot of gold’, that needed to be shared with the rest of us. xoxo
Mindfulness – we all lose ourselves, our childhood, our sensitivity and our creativity in a rush to live life. Drifting yet coming closer to what really matters in the end. Thank you Afshan for these moments when you bring us closer to who we are.