Archive for July 9th, 2011

A few days ago I had the opportunity to mind my friend’s nine year old daughter for the afternoon. Usually her brother would be there as well, but this time it would be just the two of us and I had a plan. I wanted to do something really special with her and I knew of a children’s concert at a local library that I was sure she would love. But, as it turned out, she had plans of her own. She wanted to go to the public pool that I had brought her to many times before. And nothing, I mean nothing, I said could change her mind. In fact, she was really upset with me for trying to talk her into going to the concert.

 I have to admit, I was very disappointed that my plan wasn’t working. I really had trouble letting it go. I so much wanted us to have fun together doing something new and different and I felt like she was missing out on a great opportunity. In hindsight, I realize that I was the one missing out. While I was mentally plotting how to make things work my way, she was having the time of her life in the water. My time would have been much better spent being fully present with her at the pool where she wanted to be. THAT would have been really special.

Let your spirit soar!
Photo: my friend’s daughter, photo by Kathleen Geraghty

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