My daughter is the wisest person I know. She is only of the age of two and yet understands the essence and beauty of life more so than anyone I know. This picture was taken just this past weekend as we were feeding ducks by the lake. Kayci sees the little things in life and is able to appreciate the act of just sitting by a lake and throwing bread to ducks (taking breaks to eat a few pieces herself.) She finds more pleasure in picking up sticks, walking around the lake, or playing in our town pool than anything she is bought or on the television. She wakes up with no thought of the past nor the future and is satisfied with an early morning snack and playing with her stuffed animals. I do realize this is true for most children her age but that does not take away the significance of how wise our children are.
I understand most people will say: “What does she have to worry about? She is fed, clothed, and taken care of. She does not know what the “real world” is like yet and is seeing so many things for the first time.” Yes, that is all very true. However, what if we all saw the world through the eyes of a child? Kayci does not know hate. Kayci sees all beings as equals and sees beauty in everything she comes across. Kayci lives in the present moment and has no sense of worry or anxiety about the future. Although my daughter is given more love than I can express, she is truly love itself.
If I had to be like anyone in the world it would be my two year old daughter. I understand how insane that must sound and yet it true. I am extremely grateful for the lessons she teaches me on a daily basis. Although she is at a very difficult, trying age and tests her limits and my patience; she is someone we should all take lessons from. Most of my readers have chronic pain or an invisible illness in some form and you all may be wondering what this post could possibly do with pain or managing pain naturally and may have stopped reading by now as I am babbling on about true wisdom but give me a chance. The worst thing I could ever imagine happening to my daughter is living a life with chronic pain. I realize, more than anyone how much chronic pain changes a person and can literally destroy one’s life. However, most of us with chronic pain are constantly looking towards the future and live in a constant state of fear of what chronic pain will destroy next. Many of us live a life searching for a cure or remedy for our chronic pain and become more discouraged, depressed, and angry with each failed medication or procedure. I have accepted that I have chronic pain and at thirty three years of age manage my chronic pain naturally but that is not to say that I do not worry. I worry about almost everything, chronic pain included.
I believe of the most important things a person can do who lives with chronic pain is to truly focus on the present moment and find any enjoyment he or she has in the simple things. Chronic pain can be a living hell but it is not a death sentence. If you have followed my blog you know how close I was to giving up and can see how far I have come (many bumps in the road) in my journey with chronic pain. Although my daughter is a lot shorter than I am, I do look up to her. If I had one wish for everyone in the world it would be to see life through the eyes of a child. Much easier said than done, clearly. However, who says we cannot all learn to live in the present moment? Nothing in the world is impossible. The word itself says: I’m possible. Learning to let the little things go no matter how large they may seem and to live in the present moment is a practice that will literally take every ounce of strength one has. It will be a lifelong process for me but I am willing to practice the lessons my two year old teaches me.