The One Word Inspiration series is a guest post series on Clear the Way which asks different visiting bloggers to share whatever they are inspired to share when they are given only one word. The word changes each month and today Elizabeth from Mommy Gone Tropical is here to share her inspiration from the word wonder.
“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either
for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
― Betty Smith
If you want to see the wonders of the earth, just observe a child. The child will be in wonder of anything that captivates its attention such as a leaf falling, a shiny mirror, people shadows moving on the wall, etc.
I remember when I was a child, I used to lay on the couch right under the huge living room window. There was a majestic old tree right in the front of the window. I watched the tree sway along with the wind, leaves falling, birds coming & going and the tree shadow on the opposite wall from the couch. I stayed there for hours and hours, just in absolute wonder of the tree’s existence. It served so many purposes.
Unfortunately, my childlike wonder faded away slowly because I got lost in the hustle of life. I am a mother now, my daughter helped me to experience the world again through her pure innocent eyes.
She squealed in joy when she saw something different. She had to touch it with her tiny hands. She had to satisfy all of her five senses and push the limits with her wild imagination. Having a child brought some of my childlike wonders back because I will join her on her little adventures experiencing things along with her.
A few weeks ago, we were playing outside. My daughter laid down on the grass and patted on the grass next to her. I told myself, “There are a lot of bugs in the grass! The grass could stain my shorts! What if my hair gets dirty? I will need to water the plants. I do not have time for this.”
I realized that my daughter did not worry about these things. She, with her sparkly eyes, wanted to lay on the grass to be with the earth. I decided to let my worries go and laid right beside her. We watched the clouds pass us by. She pointed to anything and everything with her mouth open in amazement.
I learned I need to reclaim my sense of wonder back. I need to enjoy what the earth has to give, be in the moment more and let the time pass me by.
Elizabeth Edgar is a Deaf mommy to a hearing toddler living in Florida with the love of her life. She blogs over at Mommy Gone Tropical all about her unique lifestyle, personal stories, motherhood, DIY tutorials, their Florida adventures, free printables, etc. Join her on her adventure navigating through life being a Deaf mommy raising a hearing toddler. You can find Elizabeth on her blog and the following social media accounts: facebook | instagram | pinterest