FRIDAY WISDOM is based on Christine Agro’s Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (The Special Moms’ Edition)
Today I drew the Adventure Card. This is one of my favorite cards out of the 42. When we lived in Brooklyn, NY we walked everywhere. We didn’t have a car and by the time we waited for a bus to arrive, we could be half way if not all the way to our destination by walking. I often would see parents dragging their kids kicking and screaming down the street or pushing a five-year-old around in a stroller. But for our family, Brooklyn set the stage for every outing to be an adventure. It didn’t matter if we were going to the grocery store, the post office or the Natural History Museum, every time we left the house my husband or I would say, “Are you ready for an adventure?” What this created for Caidin, and for us in turn, was the excitement to see what our trip out into the world would bring us? What would we find? What would we discover?
I was able to walk Caidin to school every day and I always added extra time so that we could stop and watch an icicle melt or observe the day-to-day blooming of the Magnolia tree.
Even though we tend to drive everywhere now, I still add in extra time to get to school in case we see a flock of wild turkey, or a deer crossing, or see something interesting to explore. We don’t use the word ‘adventure’ so much anymore but I can see that the idea of life as an adventure is a part of who Caidin is and will always be. Caidin loves to explore and take the time to look at things more closely. He is curious and inquisitive and wants to know as much about things as is possible.
There is magic, wonder and excitement everywhere in our world and in our lives. As Conscious Parents, it’s our opportunity to rediscover it for ourselves and then pass the passion of living life fully along to our kids.
Here is what I wrote in the guide book about Adventure:
For Your Child
Excitement and discovery aren’t only for African safaris and cross-country treks. Adventure can occur in the most common everyday experiences; it all depends on how you view the world. Teaching your child to view the world as an adventure will encourage her* to approach new experiences and even challenges with a sense of openness and curiosity. And if your bank account doesn’t allow for extras like going to movies or taking trips, your ability to create adventure out of, say, planting a tree will, in the end, be a greater gift to your child. Why not get started now? Whether you are heading out the door to the doctor’s office or down the street to the gas station, use the word ‘adventure’ as you set out. Set out on an expedition and see what new things you find. Wherever you go, look for shapes, colors, symbols and new growth around you. Talk about what you see and look for differences from and similarities to the things your child is already familiar with. In addition to creating adventure in her life, your child will be learning about the world every step of the way. Encourage your child’s sense of wonder and share in her excitement about things you have long taken for granted. Both you and she will benefit greatly and you’ll both have fun along the way!
**A note about The Conscious Living Guide Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition): There are 42 cards in the deck and a guide book. The guide book includes insight for you which is meant to help you live life more consciously as well as insight for your child, which is meant to help support you in your Conscious Parenting. For the purpose of this post, I am posting only the ‘For Your Child’ text. *Additionally, to avoid the awkwardness of saying he/she all the time, I have picked one gender to identify in each card. In the ‘Adventure Card’ I use ‘her/she’.
© 2012 Christine Agro
Christine Agro is a clairvoyant, naturopath, Master Herbalist, conscious mom and author of 50 Ways to Live Life Consciously as well as of The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards (Special Moms’ Edition). Christine is founder of The Conscious Mom’s Guide, a membership site where she helps support you on your own journey of living life consciously and on your journey of being a Conscious parent. You can also join Christine on Facebook. To contact Christine or to schedule an appointment with her please email her.