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I stopped in my tracks and witnessed my thoughts. Damn! I just want to get those pictures away from her so I can get back to work. I don’t have time for this!
Then I looked at her eyes. Fiery and defiant, yet vulnerable and afraid. Something in me shifted and I really saw her. I saw beyond her defiance to the beauty of her fire. And I surrendered. Not to her will, but to the will of Life Itself, which was and is so alive in her! My body relaxed, my mind came unstuck, my heart opened, and a simple solution floated gently into my awareness like thistledown on a breeze.
“Would you like to look at the pictures with Daddy?”
She nodded slowly as the tension visibly drained from her body and she willingly handed me the stack of pictures. I kneeled down and she stood next to me while I flipped through the pictures. She asked me “What’s that?” about fifty times, and I answered, fifty times.
At one point I noticed my beloved child’s soft hair snuggling against my shoulder as I spoke. I became acutely aware that I would now be listening to her cry had I not been graced by that shift in perspective.
In five minutes I was back at my desk… Five minutes!
Five minutes of surrender to Love averted who-knows-how-many tears and whoknows- how-much loss of trust?
Those five minutes bought me a whole afternoon of inner peace and a warm heart.
Wishing you peace today...
About the author:
Scott Noelle lives in the United States, near Seattle, with his wife Beth and their two daughters. A longtime advocate of conscious, holistic, instinctive, natural parenting, Scott now offers telephone-based coaching to support progressive parents worldwide. His free E-zine, Transforming Parenthood, is available online at: www.scottnoelle.com
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #10.
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