Sidewalk Bends

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

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child: “What does it mean, God?”

parent: “I don’t know honey. What does ‘God’ mean to you?”

child: “God means to love yourself.”

Earlier this afternoon, I used the word “God” in front of my son, and the preceding conversation ensued. Initially when my son asked me the meaning of God, I hesitated to give him an answer because I wanted him to form his own belief. I wanted him to come to his own understanding without being spoon fed my beliefs or the beliefs of my wife and our families. Little did I know that he would teach me. At four years old, he was very matter of fact, as if to say, “Dad, you are looking too hard. It’s right there in front you.” And so he was right. Love yourself.

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Life’s Excuses

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Why do we give excuses? Are we so afraid of committing ourselves to a person or to a cause that we would find any reason to weasel our way out? Are we so afraid of ourselves that we find it easier to just lock ourselves away? Each and every moment we are given a chance to live a life we’ve been given freely, but yet so many of us choose to stay under a rock. Scared of being seen, we convince ourselves that it’s safer to be unseen. We convince ourselves that it’s safer to be unheard. We convince ourselves that it’s safer to close our lips and close our hearts even when something tells us to do otherwise.

What are we waiting for? Are we waiting for someone to say it’s okay to step out of our shell? Are we waiting for approval? Are we waiting to be loved? The wait can go on for an eternity, but it is up to us. It is up to us to decide to love ourselves, to love life enough to step out of the cage we’ve built for ourselves. Step out. Step out with me.

Written by Sidewalk Bends

January 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm