Imagine if we could look at every person and every situation in our life as if for the first time, with a fresh new attitude, not tainted by what we know or think we know. This is called the beginners mind.

We don’t jump to conclusions and we seek possibilities rather than confirmation of our ideas and opinions. For the people in our lives if we don’t insist or assume they are a certain way, we have an opportunity to see them anew. In situations that may seem untenable, can we view then with a fresh lens not obscured by assumptions and past knowledge?

Imagine if we are able to bring awareness to our children with beginners mind so that we really see them, not through our gathered ideas and opinions and judgments, but fresh, the wonder of them, the remarkable nature of them.

*These words were produced for our Advent Calendar in December 2020.