“This water feels great on my tired feet!” exclaims a man resting on a rock in the middle of the River. Then there was the teenager who said “heck with it” and jumped in with their jeans on. “Let’s race!” says the young boy to his sisters who all flopped in their tubes and raced to the bridge. Sounds of laughter flowed down the Roanoke as kayakers tipped over the friendly rapids. And then there was us. My partner skipping rocks, one of his hidden talents, and me chilling with my feet in the water and daydreaming. As I went for a short walk, I found a sculpture garden along the trail where a sculpture of a young girl with her arms stretched wide embracing the sky above, surrendering and saying “yes” to the joy around her. There is no one way to enjoy spaces like these, and it’s as if rivers are always calling, ‘Come play!’ My question to myself and to you is, ‘What if…we said yes?”
I invite you to try out this connection exercise this month to follow your inner child and ‘say yes’ to some joy along the river banks!