What 4 Year olds have taught me
by January Handl
The world is brim-full with wonder and magic
Saying I love you out loud makes the bonds better
Most things wash off eventually
A sleeve is handy for all sorts of things
Pockets are about the best invention ever
Animals are fascinating
Things need to be touched to be known
Time is a construct that is absolutely relative
There are treasures everywhere that people overlook
Other people are often unfathomable
Your first impulse isn’t always the one that gets you what you want
Sing with great exuberance even if you aren’t sure of tune or lyrics
Your body has messages for you, and its willing to raise its voice if it has to
This moment is forever, be there
A name can be said as a reprimand
We all need lap time
A hug, a kiss and a Band-Aid heal so many things
Joy just waits for an opening in our wonder.
My daughter is four now. Every word in January’s poem resonates with me. Tamara instinctively went to her daughter when she wanted to capture whimsy. Children understand whimsy. They live in it’s wonder. It is one of the things we enjoy in our children but sadly we sometimes forget the importance in our lives.
- Whimsy is pure fun. It connects us to the magic of delight.
- Whimsy can provide relief in serious situations (even funerals.)
- Whimsy reminds us we were children once.
- Whimsy fuels invention and innovation.
- Whimsy allows you to be “ridiculously, unapologetically, hysterically” you. No matter where you go.
This week’s Bliss Initiative is to remember what we might have done as children, and cultivate delight that way.
Pick a flower or make a snowball, catch a raindrop, make a dandelion wish (full tutorial here!), add sprinkles, double dip, cut a paper doll or snowflake, make a card, tell a joke, buy something sparkly, eat dessert…
This week, how will you invite whimsy?
Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!
Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.
Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband 🙂
January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years, and currently is an early head start home visitor in her community. She resides with 2 dogs and a cat in Boulder Creek and and simply lives in awe of existence.
She calls her photo “hot tub bliss” 🙂
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