Friday, October 5, 2012

An unexpected retreat

[NOTE: Still in Milwaukee, and reflecting on some of the lessons I’ve learned—so far—from my almost two-year-old nietecita.]

I’ve already learned so much from my first grandchild, Elena, and she’s only 20 months old! When I’m with her, I lose myself into her world of wonder, discovery, awe, and joy—so much joy! 

Being and living in “Elena Time” is a gift in living life to the fullest by being truly present. When I’m in her moment, nothing else matters. And when I leave Elena Land, I feel like I’ve been on retreat—renewed in spirit, and able to see God in everything, specially the smallest of things.

I think this is what Jesus meant when he said, “whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.” To receive a child, one must be truly present to that little person, to enter her world and see with her eyes. It’s the gift of living the present moment.