Why does it seem we lose our excitement for the small joys in life as we get older? I am reminded of my time on the playground. The swings seem to offer the greatest amount of adventure of any object there. You could pick a swing and go as fast or as high as you could propel yourself. It went quicker if someone was pushing you but didn’t actually require anyone else to get it going. You could go so high that the chains were loose as you flew higher and higher. The ultimate was to jump out at the highest point. I am not sure why we thought this was a good idea. It just seemed like we were flying, being catapulted from a place that we had pushed and pulled. We were free, that is until we hit the ground. Then we were not so free. I am thankful to have never actually gotten hurt. But that wasn’t really a concern anyway. It was the experience of just enjoying the freedom of flying. It brought a bit of excitement and heart racing to an otherwise mundane day on the playground.
We miss those simple joys as we get older. We don’t get on the swings any longer, we know our potential and maybe it doesn’t seem as adventurous. It is almost like we have been broken by the world and we are held down by reality. We just don’t feel like flying anymore. That really is a shame. What a disappointment that we lose the ability to see beyond a simple swing set. How exciting life might be if we could capture the moment of jumping out of the swing at the tip top point into the unknown! Maybe jumping might not be such a bad idea. We just might feel joy and exhilaration one more time. May we fly with the childlike vision today. And may we be set free.
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
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