“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”  Madeleine L’Engle

Post in: German

I am still every age that I have been.

Because I was once a child, I am always a child.

Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be… This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages…the delayed adolescent, the childish adult, but that they are in me to be drawn on; to forget is a form of suicide…

Far too many people misunderstand what *putting away childish things* means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grownup.

When I’m with these people I, like the kids, feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don’t ever want to be one.

Instead of which, if I can retain a child’s awareness and joy, and *be* fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grownup. 

Madeleine L’Engle

When we are teaching, doing social work, raising children, training, or coaching, we are teaching, working with, raising, training, and coaching ourselves.   We nurture our own earlier selves in nurturing those who are on the path we once took.

You reach out, they take your hand, they move towards what you offer.  You offer it at the same time to your earlier self. And you heal in the offering and the sharing.

When you are standing in your truth, nothing can harm you.

Go into the world and share it, unattached to it, a freely offered gift.

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