I had something of a unique experience last week.
I was at church for something - for several hours.
My friend Michelle came by with her kids. Her kids are the same ages as my kids. Her daughter is my daughter's age. Her son is my son's age.
The grown ups sat down to chat for a few minutes. The kids, who had never met before, ran off to play.
And my friend's kids didn't want to leave.
Because they were having a great time playing with kids that they'd never met before.
These kids were suddenly just... playing together. As if they went to school together... as if they had known each other for a good amount of time.
And I realized that it would be great if we could all act like that.
We've all had that pit in our stomach as we walk into an unknown situation... facing a room full of people we don't know... being invited to a dinner party where we don't know people very well... visiting a new church...
Imagine what life would be like if we could easily walk into a room, a situation, a building, and just start chatting and playing and laughing and enjoying the people who are there.
Imagine what life would be like if we didn't automatically feel judged, we didn't automatically judge, we didn't hide behind insecurities or seek out insecurities in others?
I know that not all kids walk into a new situation with ease. But it was pretty incredible to watch this group of kids just instantly get along.