The topics for my blog posts often come to me randomly. I choose to share things because I hope they will resonate with you—maybe they will resonate because you are an adult trying to live a more balanced life, or you are a parent, or maybe you know me and my family personally.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the mind of a baby and how it affects their behavior. Do you ever think about this? By putting myself in my children’s shoes (or socks, whatever the case may be), I am able to show far more compassion to them when they are most demanding. I think about how confusing it must be to feel hunger, and not know whether anyone will ever feed you ever again. Or to experience fear or loneliness when you wake in the middle of the night, and wonder if you really are all alone. I think about not being able to communicate clearly, and how frustrating it must be to not know how to share needs and desires. I think about feeling pain or discomfort, and not having the capacity to understand that the pain will, eventually, go away.
When I think about these things, and I think about how vulnerable and innocent children are, my heart wells up, and I am overwhelmed by how much I love these tiny humans, and by how much I want them to feel safe and cared for. It also makes me think about our responsibility to build trust with one another—and how that responsibility extends beyond our children and families, but to our friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even acquaintances, too. Imagine what kind of world we could live in, if trust was a foundation of our relationships. I think it would be really beautiful.