Find a place inside where there is joy and the joy will burn out the pain. – Joseph Campbell
I am my strongest and most vibrant when my 4-year-old energy is alive within me. Little Lizzie knows the deal. She loves being goofy and happy.
Since Covid began, I have had the morning ritual of asking Little Lizzie what she needs. I use a child-like tone when I talk to her. Why not? It’s just her and I alone here. We both agree that it isn’t as crazy as it sounds. It’s actually quite comforting and nurturing.
The days go by quickly, because Little Lizzie knows how to be happy. She is happy with little things, like oatmeal and raisins for breakfast. Or a good swim at the pool. Or finding exact change for something extra she needs to buy at the store. The little things give Lizzie huge joy bubbles.
Little Lizzie has a neat sense of humor. She can remember things from the past in a quirky way that erases the judgment and pain. “Wow, that was a crazy time! Am I ever glad I am not there anymore.” Or “wow, that person really wanted my attention — they were acting a little nutty!”
Every time Lizzie gets out of the pool on her own without getting stuck on that darn top step she says “good for me!” and giggles. She doesn’t need anyone else to do that for her. She feels grateful on purpose for the things she used to take for granted. She loves, loves, loves it that she can still do it all by herself!
Lizzie sees the joy in things that some people might see as embarrassing. She falls and gets up again, even if it takes her an hour. She laughs at split bathing suits and streaking to the change room as fast as she can!
A return to that childlike, joyful spirit within is the antidote to pain for Lizzie. She’s so wise, I can’t stand it. And they say kids don’t know what they are talking about. Lizzie does!