Shared Joy is Twice the Joy, Shared Pain is Half the Pain

Feelosophy

Sometimes we need a teacher to tell us what matters.

Sometimes we need an adventure to reveal us to ourselves.

But sometimes we just need a child to remind us what’s most important.

DSC_0134A boy who takes time on a hike to wander out over the river on that fallen tree reminds us there is time to explore.

DSC_0023A girl journalling beside the fire knows there is value in recording the moment.

All kids know a bit of well-timed silliness never hurt anyone.

DSC_0042And there is always something right next to you that deserves real awe.

I only spent 36 hours with these guys, but the camping trip with the Feelosopher’s Path “Best Summer Camp Ever Camp” was absolutely phenomenal. A single night and a five mile hike, a few hours in the car, a bedtime story in the tent, two roaring campfires and (of course!) s’mores. Not a huge trip, but one with huge hearts, positive connections, and lots of fun.

So thanks, Erin and Hiroshi, for letting me accompany.

For making me lead some activities and be a ten-year-old’s safety net. For teaching kids the value of working together and of working alone.

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For letting me remember the loudness of the silence when you wake up before everyone else to build a campfire. For showing the first-time campers the beauty of the world around us.

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For teaching me selflessness a decade ago (!) and for reminding me how great it feels now. For allowing kids to grow at their own pace, but pushing them when they can handle it.

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For giving me permission to go on my own adventures. For setting adventure in front of the kids, and holding out a hand that we all know they won’t need.

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2 responses

  1. I love this post! The importance of listening to our inner child leaves some people. It’s sad. I feel like in a way we understood a lot more at a younger age… however that works. Anyway, fantastic post, and a great site you’ve got here!

    July 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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