This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to lead – or I suppose it would be more accurate to say accompany – two young children on a walk through the woods. We carried magnifying glasses so that we could observe more closely all of the fascinating wilderness that we encountered. It became clear very quickly that, although the magnification was the same for all of us, we each were seeing the trail through our own unique lens.
One of the children wanted to examine and touch and collect everything, and the other wanted nothing more than to run free in the wild. (Both of them considered the grown-ups’ pace considerably too slow.) It was apparent – even through their very different perspectives – that they each felt a profound sense of belonging to the natural world they were immersed in and surrounded by.
When we look at the world through a lens of belonging it inspires us to care about (and care for) all that surrounds us. What lens are you viewing the world through today?