I was hiking in Colorado this week, and I heard a preschooler ask, “Daddy, why are there so many rocks on the path?” His daddy answered, “I don’t know. Why do you think there are so many rocks on the path?” He pointed to his knees and said, “When I walk on flat paths I never get to see these great knees. When I walk up hills on the rocks, I get to see my knees all the time. Everyone should see their knees sometime!”
As adults we often like walking along life’s journeys with no obstacles. We like the easy walks where we can look around at the scenery and not think about tripping. Life, however, does not have all easy paths. There are a lot of paths out there to navigate that go uphill and are full of rocks and even boulders.
It is how we look at the rocky times that will shape our journeys. If we look at the uphill, rocky times as frustrating, exhausting and go through them with a huff and a puff, we will miss the joy in seeing new things. We will miss the joy in accomplishment. We will miss the details in our lives that we only get to see through adversity.
The downhills in or lives can go fast. Going down a mountain, it is often hard to stop once your momentum gets going. The uphills are slower. There is more time for reflection and growth. There are times in our lives when slowing down and seeing parts of us we do not naturally see can be beautiful.
- In thinking of your life, what types of paths have you had more of….. easy, straight, twisted, uphill, rocky?
- Which types of paths bring the most joy to a person’s life?
- Think about a time when you or someone you have seen was failing in their uphill, rocky journey and compare it to a time when you have witnessed someone or yourself finding joy in their slow-paced rocky path.
- Will you take a moment to look at the beauty in your knees?
“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.” Horace
The Power of a Preschooler will change your life…..if you let it.
P.S. A special hello to all my friends in Colorado as they have had to navigate floods this past month…….
Even if your path is filled with muck and sludge, take some time to look at the beauty in your knees.