A day at the park taught me lessons I’ll never forget- and gave me the Mindset of the Park: see the big picture and unite in strength.  Put aside our differences and pull together.  Time is fleeting.

Not so long ago, I had the opportunity to spend most of a day at the park with my kids.  They were thrilled to play and I was hoping to take loads of fun pictures and check out the new ebook loaded on my phone.  We got to the park and I realized I’d forgotten to charge my phone.  I hate to admit my first thought was No!  Now we have to leave!  I saw how excited my kids were and knew we were there to stay.  As the day progressed, I ended up feeling so enlightened and supported in my role.

I noticed two of the big trees were already yellow for fall and others were still green as can be.

I watched kids exploring, playing, learning (and pushing) limits, learning about friends and human interaction.

Kids finding joy in the magnificence and miracle of life.  Appreciating the small things, finding awe in the great.  Growing in the happy moments that can sustain the times of struggle.  Living.

Kids being filled.

Moms helping in various ways, dependent on seasons of the children.  Babies being rocked, toddlers being lifted, caught and encouraged, young ones being supervised and allowed to be and experience the moment.

Moms finding comfort and strength in the sunshine and ritual of motherhood, motions done for centuries by those who love.  Moms feeling the tie that links the seasons and generations.  Moms filled with hope and peace, joy and contentment.

Moms being filled.

I watched older kids in the pavilion, no longer accompanied by parents but growing still the same.

I saw grandparents helping, enjoying the fun of youth, offering support.

There were trees at various stages of turning to fall- some fully yellow, others still green.  Some in-between.  I thought how much we’re like those trees- all connected in the grand scheme of life and yet surviving in our individual stages.

Just like the changing trees, we’re all in many different places in life.  We have such different experiences yet have so much to share with each other.  Let’s unite, join our strength and experiences to support one another.

Let’s maintain the Mindset of the Park: see the big picture and unite in strength.  Put aside our differences and pull together.  Time is fleeting.  Todays joys and struggles will quickly become memories and stories we share.

Focus on what’s truly important and thrive!