I have never met Matthew, my nephew. And the last time I saw Megan and Maddie, my nieces, was six year ago. But, they all greeted me like they had just seen me yesterday.
The attribute I admire most in children is the openess of their hearts that are willing to love and be loved.
If you’ve ever stepped into a grocery store during prime time rush hour, you’ve seen it. A child in full rage mode. One thrashing on the ground over being denied candy. Another being dragged out by a tomato-faced parent in rage and embarrasment over their screaming child. There’s also the classic, “you don’t love me” or “I hate you” being screamed at parents.
But those same children often times can be seen calming down over a sweet, a hug, or a kiss from their parents. Suddenly, smiles cross their faces and their eyes glimmer with love for their parents again. Love fills their hearts again as if nothing ever happened.
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.” - Marianne Williamson