I remember being a little girl and dreaming of a place where animals weren’t afraid of people and unicorns were common friends. When I would dream of this place, my heart would become calm yet excited and I felt an unfamiliar belonging that made me feel like anything was possible.
Sure, it was a childhood “fantasy”…wasn’t it? Because today I am looking out my front window that overlooks one of the bays of Lake Michigan and watching the sun start to set. The water is calm, and the air temperature is mild and yet is refreshingly cool. The chipmunks are gathering in the yard, playing or wrestling (I never can really tell), but there is a sense of belonging here, right now.
Nature has always made me feel closer to myself and maybe even closer to “God”, and those childhood fantasies now seem to be something to help guide my inner knowingness; guide me to where I belong within myself and life. The deer that visit the property bring new life to this place and remind me that all is never lost because just as they scamper away, they return again, multiplied.
Where is that place inside of us all that says “There is no need to worry”? It is there and if you are still long enough or remain quiet enough, you’ll probably reunite with it. And when you do, I bet you’ll discover that the child inside of you is asking for permission to dream…to guide you to your own place where you can smile, laugh, and be free.