When assumptions I’ve held for a while
When the veil falls off
And what’s underneath is clear to see
It causes a little earthquake inside me
I have to recalibrate my understanding
The aftershocks come as well
It takes a while before all is quiet again
But of course the shape of the landscape has irreversibly changed
Who is the inner child we speak of?
The one who has a sense of wonder and awe?
The one who is innocent and honest?
The one who laughs and giggles?
The one who is creative and fearless?
Yes, all of the above!
Our inner child has all these qualities
That may become veiled over time
Layers of responsibility, sorrows and challenges faced
Can cover the face of our inner child
We can become jaded
Forget to dream and
Become our own worst enemy
When we set limits for ourselves
We can become over cautious, conventional and
Look back at our childhood with nostalgia
Some of that is normal and necessary, but
We have to guard against
Looking backward instead of forward
We need to continue to see ourselves
As agents of change
Plan new adventures and
Fulfill old dreams
Hanging out with those who honor their inner child is very helpful
We can inspire each other to see possibilities instead of road blocks
We can nurture our friendships and build strong bonds of camaraderie
We can look at the period that remains of our lives as a crowing event, a farther climb
Our inner child is still there
It may be hidden under some veils but we can remove those veils and bring those wonderful qualities back into our lives