Don't Grow Up (It's a Trap)
David Dickerson | Counseling I Christian Counseling Associates | Plano, TX I McKinney, TX | Grapevine, TX
Think of the Peanuts cartoon character, Snoopy… what’s the first image that comes to mind? For some of us, it may be seeing Snoopy lying contemplatively on top of his doghouse. For others it may be laughing at him as he gallops through the street after having stolen Linus’ blanket.
The first image that comes to my mind, however, is seeing Snoopy dance! Nose in the air, ears and arms straight out, and his hind legs going about 50 miles an hour! To me, this is the perfect picture of one who has an eternal childlike spirit! Snoopy’s first appearance was on October 4, 1950 – making him almost 70 years old. And yet, he still hasn’t fallen in the trap of being overly self-conscious, or successful, or sophisticated, or being too old to “wonder” and dance.
This reminds me of a quotation by Albert Einstein: “he who can no longer pause to wonder (or dance like Snoopy) and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed;” or another by poet, Isabella Koldras, “we need to be childlike in order to understand more and see the world around us with perfect clarity.” Indeed, these statements almost mirror what Jesus said about children when he told his disciples, “let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God… And he took (the children) in his arms and blessed them…” (Mark 10:14-16).
We all know that life is often hard and complicated. We all know that we live in an imperfect world where sometimes people get hurt. We all know how it’s so easy to get lost – and trapped – in all the complexity and striving and in the perceived need to get ahead. And at the same time, we all know that in the midst of all of this there remains something wonderful and miraculous just waiting for us out there in the sunlight! “What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.” (GK Chesterton)
The simple truth in this little sidewalk chalk art lies not only in the drawing, but in whose feet are in the picture. “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” (Author, Wayne Dyer)
Think of Snoopy… Go out and draw something like this little sidewalk chalk art, and put your feet in the shoes for a while.