Posts Tagged ‘firsts’


Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Firsts, they happen so often when we are younger, and seemingly dwindle away as we get older.  They delight us, surprise us, and often take us to the edge of awakening a multitude of senses and emotions.   A life affirming sense of awe is inspired in us each time we take that step across the threshold of “firsts.”

Reflect back on some of those “firsts” that you have experienced in your life.  What did it feel like as you approached it?  How did you feel while you did it?  What feelings did you have as you completed it?

When I think of “firsts” I see a child’s face light up, I feel my heart leap, and I hear the sounds of delight, joy and accomplishment.  As a child so many simple things that we do bring us over the threshold of “firsts.”  We are so often in awe, delight, surprise and in the wonderment of discovery.  What I have found as my life has gone from childhood, to teenager, and into my adult years is that we seem to become numb to “firsts”, or maybe we just settle into the comfort of knowing.

Firsts lead us to the edge of knowing into the possibilities of the unknown.  Query and wonder live on that edge, as we pause to reflect on what it will be like to venture further.  Discovery walks hand and hand with “firsts” as does adventure.

As I write this I’ve been inspired by experiencing a “first” for me, when visiting Santa Fe last week, and seeing Aspens in their full autumnal glory!  I was transported back to child like wonder and excitement, as I am sure my daughter would attest to.  Clapping my hands and squealing with delight as we explored the mountainside by car and foot I was joy filled.  The color of the leaves, the way they shimmer in the wind, the magnificents of the white bark, and the sheer numbers of the trees as we climbed to the altitude of their pleasure all seemed illuminated by my excitement.  It was uplifting and so life affirming.

Equally, I remember my first visit to a Burger King.  Yes, this “aquatarian” used to eat whopper juniors with cheese.  I was a senior in high school visiting a friend in Florida when we stopped at Burger King, which had not found its way to New England yet.  That whopper junior tasted out of this world, and never did I have a better one.  This seems to be a common experience with “firsts,” they seem to intensify the experience, heightening the tastes, colors, smells, etc.

When was the last time you recognized that you were experiencing a “first?”  I highly recommend you notice them, as it is so good for the spirit, soul and well being of your life.  Take a moment to walk across the threshold of a “first”, and be awake to how it feels, shapes your perception, and invigorates your awareness.   Leap through the portal of the usual, and explore the adventure of your next “first.”  I’ll see you there.

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