Her new favorite saying is “what is it?” as she points to something along our walk. Today I had the luxury of talking about squirrels, speed bumps, and dog crap.
I’ve always really enjoyed this age where the world is so brand new and everything is a wonder, as if somehow I am vicariously living through her.
In martial arts I was introduced to the concept of Shoshin, which means “beginner’s mind” or “child’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.
On these walks I’m always reminded of the child’s mind, and how helpful it is in our adult lives to keep an open mind and enjoy each day for what it has to offer.