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“Christmas is as close as we ever come to seeing the world through the eyes of a child.”–Linda Poindexter

I will never forget the anticipation of Christmas morning when I was a kid.

We counted the days for weeks ahead of time, dreaming of what we might receive. Equally as exciting was choosing the gifts that we would give away.

This holiday was a day when our parents slowed down and breathed in the smiles on our faces.

A day when we all left our pajamas on and played endlessly into evening, when no one fought or got angry, when epic memories were made.

There were presents under the tree for all of us and we were surprised by each one. We anxiously shaked the wrapped packages and tried to guess what was in them.

On this day everyone set aside their hard work. And for a time we were happy.

On this morning, there were no worries. There was only the present moment and the anticipation of a gift.

“Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child”–Ron Wild

Christmas is a celebration of the child still alive in each of us.

Just for today, allow yourself to remember who you really are.

Do you remember when everything was always brand new?

When little things meant everything to you, and your parents were your greatest heroes?

Remember climbing trees, rolling down hills, playing hide and seek?

You made a snowman and crafted ornaments for the tree.

Do you remember what it was like to play all day long, only coming in for dinner?

Building imaginary worlds and pretending, when everything was possible and you could be anything you dreamed of?

Through the eyes of a child, the world is a magical place.

We can learn a lot from the child we used to be.

“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”–Deepak Chopra

As we grow, we tend to lose our childlike nature, and we forget the authentic joy of living.

We once lived in the present moment, limited only by the adults around us.

We didn’t care what people thought of us.

We created with abandon. We showed off.

We danced, we sang, we laughed, we made art.

We smiled and cried and we had feelings that took over our whole body.

We asked questions that never ended, we were curious beyond comprehension, we asked why, we loved freely. We knew it was our duty to share.

We spun in circles and swung on the monkey bars.

What will you do to celebrate today?

I challenge you to look back to the child you once were and ask him what he thinks of you today.

Does she like who you have become? Do you still get down on the floor and play with him? Do you remember to stay out late listening to the wind? Do you still get excited when you see a rainbow or when it snows? What do you still do that you used to love?

What are you anticipating that will make you jump with joy and tear off the covers in the morning?

What will make you put aside your worries and be in the present moment?

What will you do today to celebrate with childlike wonder and see again with the eyes of a child?

“A child can teach an adult 3 things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.”–Paulo Coehlo

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