Our Little Teacher

Truman

For the very first time I have been struggling with writing my next post. I do have two full pages of great topics on following your joy that I am so excited for and can barely wait to write about! But this week I had a hard time finding the inspiration to put words together. Really, it’s a quite simple task, but I was making it too complex and got lost in my head.

And then my dear friend, Liv, magically sent this picture of her adorable little angel toddler, Truman (“Tru,” we call him), in his “JOY” outfit…and everything became clear.

First off, Tru is our godson (lucky us!). The last time Bill and I were with their family, we watched in amazement as Tru went about his little world–full of wonder, curiosity, and awe; in full-out exploration of everything in his surroundings. He threw his head back with full-body giggles when the dog did something goofy. He studied his big brother’s every movement and “Star Wars” poses as though he were learning a new trade. He gazed adoringly at his mom and dad with eyes that said “I love you” like nothing else in the world mattered.

Tru inhaled each breath slowly. He was alert and awake to everything around him. He stopped what he was doing to notice the brilliant flames in the fireplace behind the glass. He danced to the music and looked at each one of us in invitation to join in on the fun.

When it comes to following your joy, I, for one, can learn a lot from Tru. Simplicity is key; we are the ones who make life complicated. Following your joy is about laughing, dancing, being awake to your surroundings, and breathing slowly.

Interesting, isn’t it, how we come into the world having all this stuff figured out, and then as adults we struggle to make our joy a priority?

Thanks to sweet little Tru for reminding me to breathe and that life is generally much easier than we make it. Joy is certainly all around us…if we only take the time to notice it and let it in.

I’ve seen other humble teachers in my life who appear in many forms, just when I’m ready for a lesson. For me, they’ve even come in the form of a butterfly, my lovely grandparents, and a school of dolphins.

Who are the teachers in your life?

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4 Responses to “Our Little Teacher”

  • Sharon says:

    Hey Michelle!

    Yes, he is simply “Tru Joy”!!

    You are so right…..why can’t we as adults be more like when we were kids and just go with the flow and not try and control certain things…or “need to know outcomes” etc….we can learn so much from the young…their innocence is just inspiring to me…..and their untampered trust….what a beautiful blog.

    I will comment in a bit about who my teachers in life were and are that I admire! LOVE, Sharon xoxo

  • Children are such wonderful teaachers! Not only in finding joy in the simple things that surround us, but also in living in truth. Thanks, Candice

  • Maryse says:

    Children have not forgotten yet who they Tru-ly are. they’re still connected to all that is good and great reminders of it for us. Great post!

  • Isn’t it cool to have children in our lives to connect us with the big-picture–and ourselves? Thanks for reading, guys, and for sharing in the joy!

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Michelle Stimpson Hi and thanks for visiting - so glad you're here! This blog is especially for cool people who want to experience joy and live a life of purpose. Welcome!

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Bill Stimpson Hi! Not only will you see me “show up” in many of Michelle’s stories and posts here, but I also serve as Michelle’s editor, helping her clarify intentions and make her posts shine.

One of the great joys in my life is being involved with this blog! It’s a constant reminder for me to focus on the things that bring me joy. It also feels great to be sharing so many of these joys with you - in hopes that you, too, will find ways to focus on your own joyful experiences.

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