Life is what we make of it. When we only notice and focus on the positive and the good things in our everyday life, all that’s negative fades away… somewhere into the background. Days become brighter and calmer and we can breathe. We notice beauty in the details, in everyday emotions and encounters… And life becomes good. Everyday. Because of that, when really difficult times come we have peace… because we look forward to the brighter days.
I found that nature art is a great way to capture children’s imagination and creativity. At the time of this particular morning out, it was also a perfect distraction from “Why are we walking around this forest when we are so cold and feel so miserable? and surely it’s time for our snack..!”-kind of talk.
I started to put a few leaves down and straight away Jonah’s mood changed and his imagination was working fast: “Let’s make a circle”, “We can find some pinecones”, “I think it’s going to be a tree” and Noah was happy to follow.
There was a little tension in deciding what to put in the centre as Jonah wanted chestnut and Noah insisted on a stone, but they managed to compromise…