Karla’s Korner: On Being Careless
On Being Careless…
Tucked away in a quaint little bookstore in Covington, Kentucky I met a new friend to discuss writing, life and to get acquainted. Noting that our lives are relatively different but also similar in some aspects I soaked up and appreciated the time we shared together. It is evident that this newfound friend is a lover of life, who is willing to share his knowledge, wit and wisdom with others. As we parted ways we shared a brief hug and well wishes and a promise to keep in touch. As the door began to close behind me he called out “Be careless”. Pulling away from the curb those words began to settle in and I realized what he had said. How often do we wish someone well and encourage them to be careful?; never careless.
As a parent we find ourselves watching over our children making sure they are safe and careful. Lessons in not touching dangerous things, not talking to strangers, don’t run with your hands in your pockets, tie your shoes so you don’t trip, wear your rain boots, take your vitamins, the list could go on and on. Having been a mother for nearly 23 years I cannot recall ever telling my kids to be careless; maybe I should have.
American author Anna Quindlen is noted as saying “A life of unremitting caution, without the carefree, or even occasionally the careless may turn out to be half a life”. Caution I believe is necessary at times but it is also necessary to let our guard down, take a few chances, risks even and fill our lives with wonder, excitement and in the words of my newfound friend carelessness. Trading careful for careless I think will bring out a less stressful outcome in our lives allowing us to feel invigorating energy; the kind of energy that settles peacefully within our souls.
Living carefree, careless if you will doesn’t mean reckless rather living life with your hearts, souls and minds wide open, filled with wonder, zest and the willingness to be vulnerable and open to all that life has to offer. Taking in the good and the not so good with the knowledge that there is a higher power, our Creator, (or whatever you believe) in charge and that it is our job, our duty to live this life to the fullest. Tucked away in my writing chair under a blanket the snow is gently falling covering the world beyond my window in a beautiful blanket of white inviting the young and young at heart to be carefree, frolic and play if for a few moments. Whatever the world is like outside your window I encourage you to take time to have fun, be happy and be careless. My wish for you comes in the words of fantasy author Kate Forsyth “May your heart be kind, your mind fierce and your spirit be brave.” .
I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!
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