And, I’ve been walking.
The mind-shifting walk this past week was the one I took with my Littlest Sprout and Mini Sprout.
Little Sprout is our soon-to-be-six-year-old who is currently sitting in her kindergarten classroom for the second day.
Mini Sprout is our ten-pound chiweenie who loves walks more than breathing.
Little Sprout had requested to ride her bike around a new path while I walked the dog.
When we walk around the lake, I see different things than my walking buddies . The dog sees squirrel tag games and peeing posts. Little Sprout sees “pretty gardens” and “secret paths”. They both point these things out to me as we walk, and the experience is fuller for all of us.
She sees a sleeping moon, and I see eternity. She sees a baby turtle, and I see the miracle of new life. She sees a slinky caterpillar, and I see perpetual change. And she sees an uncatchable grasshopper, and I see courage and strength.
She hops off her bike several times to get a better look… and a picture. She shares what she sees with me, and I eagerly anticipate the days I can share with her what those things make me see now.
We head out of the canopied path and back to the street that will take us home. Little Sprout says, “That was a nice walk, Mommy. Thank you.”
I thank her in response, and we chatter the last block away as she plans to share the pictures with her brother and sister. It’s all she wants to do.
It is just then that I realize what we have just experienced. This was a fork moment.
There has been an idea swirling in my head for the last few weeks, and it materialized completely on this walk.
The four prongs to writing, or art, or photography, or story-telling, or music, or well, I guess anything we create are as follows:
Life is meant to be lived and experiences are meant to be had, but that is only part of what makes our lives feel complete and satisfying.
My life mantra can likely be summed up by Socrates, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Contemplation must accompany experience. A moment of reflection…a connection to past, present or future. That’s the logical.
Then there is the emotional. Allowing ourselves an opportunity to create in response to what we’ve thought about an experience. It is a luxury, I know, but it is as necessary as the involuntary rhythm of a beating heart.
Lastly, and most concupiscible… is the sharing. It is the human condition to want to share what we’ve created…what we’ve experienced…who we’ve become in the moments we truly lived.
Everyone is trying to share something. It takes intention to stop. To hear. To see. To appreciate the offerings of those around us. Don’t we all appreciate the people who ask us to share?
My challenge is to get better at celebrating the fork moments. Mine and theirs. To see my writing as what completes an experience for me, and as nothing more than my offering to share. While at the same time, inviting in how others are sharing too.
What do you do to create? What are the ways you share? Are you taking time to contemplate the experiences in your life?
I sincerely hope so…for the sake of all of us!
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