Stop and Smell the Roses
"Look what I found! Look what I found!" a 3-year-olds' voice echoes in the stairwell at the nursery school. I push myself away from the computer to go and see what the excitement is all about. There, clenched tightly in Christopher's fist are a few short-stemmed dandelions. "What did you find Christopher?" I ask. Beaming from ear to ear "these" he says proudly as he pushes his fist full of yellow blooms toward me for inspection. Chatter and excitement spill over and fill the corridor as the other children excitedly tell me about what they saw on their walk. The simplest things can bring such genuine excitement and joy.
One of the many reasons I enjoy working at St. Paul's Episcopal Nursery School is that I am surrounded by young children who have the innate ability to appreciate the simplest things and easily find beauty and joy in items like dandelions, rocks, and twigs. Children do not dwell on the past or worry about the future and are quick to forgive and easily forget the past.
There is a great deal I can learn from the youngest members of our St. Paul's school community. Unlike children, I tend to live my life by the clock and the calendar. Throughout the day I find myself continually evaluating the windows of time I have before the next meeting, task or deadline. Even away from work, my husband Dave and I review our calendars at least a few times a week noting when we will have the opportunity to reconnect. I would like to discard some of the rigid and deliberate ways I live my life and exchange them for the more spontaneous joyful nature of a young child. I would like to abandon the clock, calendar, and phone for at least part of my day and literally stop to smell the roses (or dandelions).
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Director, St. Paul's Episcopal Nursery School