Lessons Learned from Noah

 

A friend and I unexpectedly met this morning, so we  took advantage of the opportunity to visit. “How’s the job?” “How is So-and-so?” You know the way those conversations travel from topic to topic as you strive to fill in the gap of time since the last time you spoke.

The subject of Noah came up. Noah is lovable. Noah has more energy than the rest of his family combined. Noah is passionate. Noah loves liberally. Noah is five years old.

Noah had seen our mutual friend in the mall recently. As she recounted the story, her eyes lit up with joy. She sparkled, I must say. The timbre of her voice went from a gentle voice to one filled with animation and expression.

“When he saw me, he ran into my arms and shouted!”

“I love you!!!”

She could barely contain herself, simply because of the encouragement and excitement pouring out of a five-year old.

I paused as thought of my own encounters from the week. I visited with people whose week was going great. Others seemed to be having their worst week in years. I laughed and conversed with a friend at Sonic as we ‘cussed’ and discussed every minute detail of our lives since we had seen each other 48 hours earlier. Neither of us ran to the other with so much enthusiasm that we nearly knocked the other down.

We acted civilized. We acted appropriately.

I paused to reflect on the joy exuding from a child. “Can you imagine the world we would have if we continued to share our love for others for freely and openly?” Out of the mouth of babes.

“Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.”
– Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” – Alan Cohen

 

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9 thoughts on “Lessons Learned from Noah

  1. s1ngal September 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Reminds me of a Noah I used to know [he was 5 then] and for a while I thought you were talking about him. He’s quite a grown up now, but the memory – it overwhelmed me with joy. Children :sighs:

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  2. carolofthebells September 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm Reply

    What a joy to read that. 🙂

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  3. sagescenery September 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Great post! I’m Italian, & used to hugging everyone, in deed or at least in words…we all need someone who smiles when they see us!!

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  4. lenwilliamscarver September 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm Reply

    What a beautiful post, are children just the best at reminding us of innoncence?

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  5. ansuyo September 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm Reply

    Become like little children… :). Angie

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