If you are like me, it's sometimes hard to appreciate special times, especially when worries intrude.
Surprisingly, help came from a children’s book.
There I was, cycling along the greenbelt. I couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful day. The sky a robin’s egg blue and a soft breeze caressing my face – and what occupied my mind? Problems. Thinking about a budget due that week, ruminating on less than happy conversation with a relative, and worrying about a rattling noise from the front end of my car.
The following evening while looking for another book, I happened to glance at our collection of children’s stories tucked away in one of the bookcases. There I found “Whitefoot the Wood Mouse” written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1976.
On the first page he wrote:
“Whitefoot believes in getting the most from the present. The things which are past are past, and that is all there is to it.
As for the things of the future, it will be time enough to think about them when they happen. If you and I had as many things to worry about as does Whitefoot the Wood Mouse, we probably never would be happy at all. But Whitefoot is happy whenever he has a chance to be…”
Yes, little mouse, you’re onto it!
On the next bike ride, I resolved to look and listen. How many different trees line the path? Tiny flowers sprinkled across a field. Ripples in the pond from the plop of a fish. A caterpillar winding its way across the path. Be careful, little caterpillar!
Staying in the present may not be easy sometimes. Nature to the rescue!
What do you think of Whitefoot’s lesson? Is there a children’s story that still rings true for you?