Today, we're opening up one from Brenda. She answers the question:
How does your fun little girl self show up in your life now?
My three-year-old self ... both a wonderment and a troublemaker!
"My three-year-old self shows up to help me experience all the innocent joy and wonderment that the Universe shares ... she spots and takes time to smell a beautiful flower ... stops to admire an amazing ant carrying ten times his weight ... is in awe of the beautiful colors of the world and wonders how they can be so amazing ... has to touch every interesting thing -- the velvety softness of a leaf or the smoothness of paper or the hardness of a shell ... she breathes the air deeply to capture the smell of the ocean or the wild herbs growing by the side of a trail or the heady fragrance of tomatoes on the garden vine.
She giggles. She laughs out loud ... often and sometimes inappropriately. She often cannot keep a straight face when others are being too serious and wonders why the heavy stuff has to be so important to them. She talks to animals and creepy crawlers and fully expects that they understand and engage with her. She prefers to eat dessert first ... and in this, she often gets her way.
She's been known to declare "mine!" and sometimes she stamps her foot when things don't go exactly her way ... always creating enormous embarrassment immediately afterward for her grown-up self. She loves mischief and has been known to reach in to scoop out the guts of a pumpkin and throw them at companion carvers, or to engage in toothpaste fights ... realizing much to her grown-up chagrin that she must clean up the mess afterward. She dives into water and runs through hoses. She does scary stuff in grown-up eyes ... she loves to climb trees.
My three-year-old is sensitive, and absorbs the pain of others: she feels the hurt in a wounded animal, the loneliness or confusion of a homeless person, and the stoic sadness of a child who has to go without. She wants to reach out, to cuddle or hug all of them, to make them feel better, to want them to know they are loved. And she encourages her grown-up self to open her checkbook, dig for coins, offer a kind word or encouragement, to smile if nothing else, and to trust.
Sometimes her feelings get hurt when she experiences the reproachfulness of those who don't necessarily appreciate the antics of a three-year-old. But she forgets the hurts very quickly and bounces back joyfully.
She loves to imagine. And leaves it up to her grown-up self to execute on her dreams and ideas, but is never far behind to remind the grown-up that this should all be fun.
That's my three-year-old. And she's very excited about your new adventure!"
~ Brenda Ropoulos