A baptism, be it one of water, one of fire or otherwise is meant to be a cleansing. It is not meant to renew a person but rather it is to let that person begin anew. You see, the word “renew” means to refill, to begin something again. The word “anew” is defined as a new beginning as in “I began my life afresh.” What we as adults need to do is to begin anew. We need to peel away the layers of life that have quite literally cordoned us away from what life was truly meant to be.
Are you jaded by life? Then you must peel that layer away for it has blinded you from the truth that life has to offer. Are you angry or bitter? That layer too, must be peeled away. It has prevented you from taking in the purity of breath Life offers you. As we grow into adulthood, we tend to develop what I call “Cataracts of the Mind”. Not a pleasant term, is it? Cataracts of the Mind. This disease clouds the minds’ vision and thus changes how we view the vision we have for our lives. It also affects the vision we have of the world around us.
Because of this, our world becomes completely skewed. It’s no wonder that so many of us see all things darkly. Things that would have evoked a happy, positive response in us as children do not do so now. Instead of seeing the good, all we see as adults is the negative. We no longer see the magic in Life and respond with “Oh Wow, Awesome!” Now we say things like “Yeah, but it’s too good to be true. Life sucks!”
What happened to us? And right about now, you’re ready to dismiss my writings as rantings. Well, aren’t you? If that is the case, I have but one word for you….DON’T! This is your last chance to redeem your life. Take it or die. And as you may be aware, I am not speaking of a physical death. There is a fate much worse than that. It is the death of our heart, our soul. It is when our light of creativity and imagination dies.
Simply stated, my point is this. We, as adults have lost the ability to “Oh, Wow!” And the real irony behind that is that we speak of the expansion of our minds and intellect when in reality, we have effectively shut down the simpler yet more creative part of our mind. The part of the mind that could see the beauty of a flower or the splendor of a sunset and say, “Oh, Wow!” That part of the mind that could appreciate and laugh at the antics of squirrels chasing each other through the trees. The part of the mind that sees a spider web, glistening and heavy with the morning dew and knowing that this spider web is as strong as it is fragile. And then realizing the miracle of it all and saying, “Oh, Wow!” Yes, we have indeed lost it. We have lost the “Oh, Wow!” factor. It can be retrieved but not without some effort on our part. And my friends, trust me on this point. The rewards in this case far exceed any effort it may take. Please attend to these words! We must allow ourselves to grow young again! Therein lies the salvation of our spirits, our minds and our hearts.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.