I normally wouldn’t blog about something so personal for my business, but something happened last week that I just can’t help it. I have a bookshelf in my bedroom that contains about 7 books on Buddhism. Lately, my 2 year old daughter has enjoyed reading her books to me, so when she picked up one of the books on the bookshelf, it was no different. I was cleaning the room when she came over to me and started to curiously look over the book. She pointed to the front cover of the book where a picture of the Dalai Lama was and said, “Dada.” I chuckled a bit and said, “That’s the Dalai Lama.” She repeated and we both laughed.
As she continued to look through the pages of endless letters to her (words), I asked her if she was reading the book. After she responded yes, I asked, “What does the book say Jordyn?” She said, “No hitting.” “Good!”, I exclaimed. “What else does it say?” She replied, “Give hugs.” Amused now, I grinned and repeated, “No hitting and gives hugs. That’s awesome!” I asked, “What else does it say?” Her response was, “Keep your hands to yourself.” It was at that moment that I bent down, gave her a hug and said, “Absolutely. No hitting, give hugs and keep your hands to yourself. That’s exactly what the book says.”
Now whether you’re Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, etc. all of the books on faith and spirituality drive us to be better people-to learn and do good deeds in the world. I’m sure it might be coincidence that this 2 year old managed to “read” exactly what Buddhism, like other faiths, want us to do. She could have said anything, right? Something about our dogs, Mickey Mouse or even food could have come out of her young mouth from her developing mind. No matter how you look at it, that moment was spot on. It was ours to have. No video. No picture.
Each day capture a moment. We fly through our lives so quickly and shocked that time goes by so fast. In this moment for me as a mother, a wife, a business owner and many other hats I wear each day, time stood still- I learned from my 2 year old.