Lessons from the Master.

A three-and-a-half-year-old makes a fine teacher. Really. They know so much more than we do. They still know all the good stuff that we forgot along the way. Here is what Lupine quietly shared with me yesterday through her everyday bliss. (This lesson was squeezed in between finding a new favorite color (orange), a trip to the park, a tutu-clad kid parade (thanks, Jen), and a couple of peanut butter cookies.)

Whatever you do each and every day, be sure to ask yourself: Does it make me smile?

If so, then do it. And keep doing it. Until you find something else that makes you smile even more. Contagious laughter is a sure sign that you're on the right track. If it doesn't make you smile then kick and scream against it until something more fun shows up.







Here's wishing you the opportunity to shake off your chains (be them work, worry, responsibility, obligation, sadness…) and laugh and smile like you're three again. It might just change everything.



16 thoughts on “Lessons from the Master.

  1. Casey says:

    One of the true beauties of being a parent is getting to see the world again through a child’s eyes. Such a precious, precious gift… Good for you for seeing the true magic of it — many parents miss out entirely.

  2. Lori Beske says:

    wonderful, i love learning from the little ones!! We are going to the co-op – that always makes us smile – and then to olbrich gardens to see butterflies – theres sure to be some smiles there. Oh how wonderful.

  3. Rachel Wolf says:

    I think many parents perceive themselves as teacher and the child as student when, through our own evolution, it is meant to be the opposite. So many lessons…

  4. Mary says:

    Hi Rachel,
    What a sweet post. And oh so true.
    I’ve often said that my sweet girl is my best teacher. For learning to stay present, to stay grounded, to stay in the moment. And yes, to laugh.

    Thanks for the joyful reminder.

    PS. Such fabulous pictures!

  5. jen says:

    Great photos Rachel. Love the new face on the blog as well.

    I do often wonder “why did my little ones choose me?”…so many lessons to be learned. Take a deep breath and just “be” right there in that moment with them. It won’t happen again : )

  6. Rachel Wolf says:

    I picked them up at a thrift store, but the tags say theyre from Lands End. I thifted a red pair with white stars all over for Sage when he was her age too!
    ~ Rachel

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