July 9th, 2014

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“Dare to be naive.”‚Ä®Buckminster Fuller

Are you willing to appear a little bit foolish, a little bit wide-eyed about the world, instead of ironic, sophisticated and cynical? ¬†I’m trying to remember that I never learn anything from irony or by maintaining a cool stand-offish attitude. It’s only when I let myself be as enthusiastic as a clumsy puppy or to unfold like a blossom to whatever weather life brings that I grow. The older I get, the harder it is to recapture the childhood feeling of newness or possibility or hope; it’s even difficult for me to remember being that vulnerable. Because that’s what happens when you’re naive — you become vulnerable and wide open again. But I believe you also learn to notice things that you usually ignore because you’re too busy, too constricted, too engrossed by to-dos. This month, I’m taking an online sketching class called “Seeing,” and I hope it will help me exchange my narrow tunnel vision for a broader panoramic view. What do you do to stay naive?

One Response to “Look!”

  1. Veronica says:

    Nature helps me shed cynicism, be still, and observe the multitude of minor miracles unfolding every day. Our flower gardens and the woods behind our house are constant reminders of the cycles of life–dormancy, growth, blooming, death, resilience, and resurrection. I find myself there and lose myself too.

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