Child’s Play

17 02 2011

Over the past couple of days I’ve talked about connecting with my ‘inner child’ and today is the day I have promised that I would let her out to play.

When I awoke this morning, I asked my ‘child’ what she would like to do today.

Her answer was that she just wanted to ‘go with the flow’ – to chill – and take things easy for a change.

She said that she wanted my undivided attention and that I was to ignore the ‘chattering gremlin’ who sits on my shoulder all day long, shouting instructions about what I ‘should’ be doing if I want to be…

•          Loved

•          Respected

•          Noticed

•          Fulfilled

•          Accepted

She knows that I am constantly bombarded by his never ending fear based demands – all adding constant pressure to my days and restlessness to my nights. With her encouragement, it feels great to tell him to ‘shut up’ and take the day off – leaving us free to enjoy our day together without his constant interruptions.

Being with my ‘inner child’ is like spending time with a new friend. Step by tiny step – she is taking me by the hand and leading me back to myself. A beautiful friendship is beginning to develop as we begin to get to know and understand each other.

This morning she has taken me to a ‘flow yoga’ class – because she loves the freedom of movement and the sense of well-being it brings. She also likes listening to the inspirational teacher who makes her smile and encourages her to feel good about herself.

Leading me back home she encourages me to put on a long forgotten CD called ‘Charka Dancing’ – buried at the bottom of the music pile. Turning it up to full volume we are dancing together around the house and suddenly housework seems like a fun thing to do!

Food is next on her list and she encourages me to raid the fridge for a ‘ready, steady, cook’ challenge of creating a colourful and healthy meal out of the bits and pieces of food found lurking in farthest recesses of the (almost) empty shelves.

Needing a little rest after helping to prepare our lunch, she sits me down and shows me how to focus on enjoying a TV programme without trying to do half a dozen other tasks at the same time.

Having recharged her batteries, she wants to go back out to play and leads me down to the riverbank to say ‘hello’ to the swans – my beautiful ‘Angels of the River’.

Sitting on the steps of the house – we hold hands to watch the sun go down and together we offer our grateful thanks to the universe for giving us such a beautiful day to spend together.

Day 48 – 365 Days of Celebration

Today I am celebrating the delights of becoming reacquainted with my inner child…my best friend…it is so good to meet you again.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Curiosity

16 02 2011

“I always wondered how it would feel to re-connect with my Inner Child!”

Day 47 – 365 Days of Celebration

Today I’m off to find my inner child and invite her out to play – again!

The Age of Innocence

18 01 2011

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day in London with my lovely daughter, who has just moved into her first apartment in the city and was playing the role of tour guide around the eclectic mix of markets and restaurants scattered throughout the trendy Brick Lane area.

Wandering around an interesting bric-a-brac shop casually examining various objects that caught my eye, I spotted a large bag of marbles.

Not exactly earth shattering in itself I know.

Yet, for some unknown reason, the simple act of picking up the string bag filled to the brim with glass marbles of all sizes and in a dazzling array of beautiful swirling colours, instantly transported me back to memories of my childhood.

I had returned to a time when life seemed so simple and so full of joy. Those were the days when a bag of marbles brought such pleasure and stopping off at the tuck shop on the way home from school for a bag of golden humbugs, or a sherbert fountain was the highlight of my day!

In that moment I realised that I had forgotten the art of having FUN!

I don’t mean that I’ve forgotten how to enjoy myself…I still have a great time when I am socialising with the people I love.

It is more the feeling of total freedom that I want to recapture. The sensation of being totally immersed in the moment; of being ‘silly’, or outrageous, and not caring a fig about what anyone else thinks.

I want to experience life with the childlike wonder of my early years and to view the world through the innocent eyes of a child.

I want to return to a time where life seemed full of possibility and every day brought another exciting adventure to be enjoyed in a world that was filled with vibrant colours, fun and laughter…with the occasional spot of ‘naughtiness’ thrown in for good measure!

There was the anticipation of buying the latest copy of ‘Bunty’ magazine with my weekly pocket money and devouring every word.

Or listening to the week’s ‘top twenty hits’ hidden under the bedcovers so my parents couldn’t hear the music.

The tingle of excitement when buying a new set of felt pens and stationary in anticipation of the first day of a new school term.

And the days of rushing home from school to head out with my friends to ‘tickle’ for trout in the local stream with a vision of returning with a bag full of fish for our supper!

(We never even saw a fish let alone caught one – although we always told each other that ours was the one that got away!)

They were such simple pleasures and such wonderful fun filled days.

Where did those days go…and when did life get so serious?

Day 18 – 365 Days of Celebration

Today I am going celebrate by letting my hair down, connecting with my inner child and having a wonderful day of innocent FUN!
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