One of the things I have done since I was very young is people watching. I ponder over how people act, what they think, why they think it, what motivates them to do what they do, and I wonder about what they feel deep down inside.
Are they truly happy? What makes some people have great big, amazing dreams while others are content being a couch potato? How is it that some people reach for the stars and get them while others reach for their next excuse as to why they did not nor cannot ever be successful.
Our world has been transitioned by technology, filling the minds with instant access to more negative thoughts and input than we ever used to have. This input, unfortunately is based upon the abuse and disrespect, hardships and drama people have (and create) for themselves and others. So, it is a treat to find individuals who truly are visionary and still grasp the ability to be genuine through and through. These individuals bring with them usually a keen sense of opportunity and simple joy. It’s joy that comes from within first- and it is that joy they share and spread to those much in need.
One such person, that I am fortunate to see daily, is my son, Quinn. I share with you his heart, his attitude and his vision for the future. Quinn truly lives in a color filled world. It’s bright, it’s fun, everything he does is about creating an environment or space that allows the senses to be filled with time to play. Time to revel in the simplicity life has. Time to feel pure happiness.
There are days (moments and minutes) where his desire for fun is so intense that he forgets or does not recognize the need for order and discipline in thought. (We are working on that though! LO!) I do not want to ever oppress or repress his wonderful imagination and sense of pure love for others and life. It is so refreshing to see. When days are long, trying and tiresome, his relentless desire to play and have fun is good to be around. .. and here’s why:
As adults, we forget that we are to have balance in our lives. God made us to put HIM first, not our job, not our desire for things. We put God first, then all the rest should fall in line. God made the perfect plan- but many people are unaware of this. One of the things that God shares in His word is that we can recognize joy by being able to sing with a happy heart even in the darkest of hours. For most people, that inner strength and ability to rebound from difficulty is unheard of. God says it’s available. Quinn reminds me daily that it’s possible.
God wants us to be happy, to be fulfilled, to feel love, pure love.. which leads to joy. When was the last time YOU felt joy?
Joy doesn’t always come from play. That is unique to Quinn and unique to others. For me, I feel joy when I see others grow. When I see them become more fulfilled and achieve their dreams and goals, I feel joy.
Part of how we can achieve joy in our life is to have vision – clear vision of what we want. Not what we have or are living now… but clarity in the vision of what can be, what is available to us, and then take the steps necessary to achieve that vision.
In Quinn’s world, he practices what God’s Word says. He takes no thought for tomorrow- he casts his cares upon God. Quinn does not get hung up on the physical things like most people in the world. (Sometimes we have to work on some of the attention to details.. like matching clothes when we go in public, not playing or dancing with glee down the grocery store isle when other people are just a foot away.) But for the most part, he walks the way God teaches us.
Quinn has told me that it doesn’t bother him if his clothes don’t match. He’s wearing what he knows is comfortable and he is thankful for his clothes. Do clothes really make the man? Nope. Can I argue with this? I can try.. but I’ll lose to him. He’s happy, warm, safe and filled with joy.
Does it really matter that he always wants to express his joy in public? Nope. I only need to encourage him to be watchful so he does not accidentally trip or hurt some one. We are so accustomed to NOT seeing joy or happiness that people are actually taken by surprise to see a person filled with that pure love and true emotion.
I have asked Quinn what he wants to be when he grows up. He knows. He’s rock solid on this one- and it does not matter what you tell him- his vision is set. He wants to be a Quadrillionaire!! (He’s 8 right now.. but already steadfast in that goal.) He romanced the idea of being an archeologist, a chiropractor, an artist, a scientist. He will tell you matter -of -factly that he’s an artist and he’s very good at his Monet art. (He is.) However, his mind is set. His vision is in stone. He wants to be a Quadrillionaire. (I expect that some day he will.)
Here’s the final thought on this- Quinn is a great example of what it takes for us, as adults- to Dare to Be Dino! What does that mean? Quinn LOVES dinosaurs. It’s a passion of his. At a time when most kids usually outgrow their interest in dinos, his lives on. We have dino shirts, pillows, toys, discovery games, board games, blankets, books and many other things about dinos. For his eigth birthday, I made him a 3-D Dinosaur cake. It filled him to overfilling joy!! He told me he wanted chocolate mint cake… and that is what he got. (Ok- so he got chocolate cake with mint M&M’s and mint chocolate ice cream.)
The point here is this- no matter what your passion, your circumstances, your surroundings, no matter what your friends, family or coworkers think… where do YOU find joy? What is it that you can wrap your vision around and hold onto that would allow you to be DINO? What is it that will motivate you to play? What is it that will fulfill you so in the darkest times, you can find it in your heart to sing with joy?
I wrap up today by sharing this: find your passion, dare to be bold about it no matter what others around you say. SEE it in your mind clearly as if you already have it- then take action on it. Do not worry about the how, just simply do.
During your journey, keep the vision. God’s word says:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
You need to have vision of happiness, joy, fulfillment and a way to see your path for the future. Let your heart lead your passion with joy and let yourself dance in the isles of the supermarket along the way!