This summer my eleven-year-old broke his arm. The arm was x-rayed and bound. Patience. Two weeks later we took him back to the orthopedist. Another x-ray showed that the bones already looked healed and fused together. Miracles. There were no words to describe our gratitude.
This was in stark contrast to my seventy-year-old mother’s broken wrist which, after months, is still in the healing process. Why, with G-d’s help, did my son heal so quickly, and why does it take my mother so long? The answer is the main ingredient to healing and youth. It’s called flexibility.
One moment the child cries and the next he’s laughing. They twirl and they dance. They fall and they cry. They get up and twirl again. Children are wonderfully flexible. Their bodies are flexible, but so are their minds. (Even the stubborn, strong-willed ones!) They adapt, they learn, they grow. Children are experts at being young. They are experts at being flexible. They are expert healers.
The fountain of youth, the secret to healing? It lies in our ability to be flexible and be in the moment. To “go with the flow” and learn from each of life’s situations.
Close your eyes and savor the moment. Reach up to the sky and stretch. Feel yourself grow, expand, and become more flexible.