‘All children are born geniuses, and we spend the first six years of their lives degeniusing them.’
— R. Buckminster Fuller
When Uma, a forty-something mother of a college sophomore, was asked to nanny her friends’ daughter, Grace, little did she know that she was about to begin an extraordinary journey.
A baby arrives here as a pure being. Not yet marked by cultural and social conditioning, they bring a sense of sacredness to our lives. This was the author’s experience. Through Grace, she is reminded of what is truly important in her life. More importantly, she also learns to navigate an increasingly complex world using the values of simplicity, joy, and presence—as babies do.
Watching Grace brings her many lessons, like how the baby surrenders her entire being to a multicoloured rattle by living in the present. The author relearns the art of living by aligning with the values this baby teaches her.
The sublime prose of this book will shift your world view and encourage you to be present to the magic of everyday life as you reconnect with the simple but profound treasures of curiosity and wonder.
Uma Girish is a certified dream coach, grief guide, author, speaker and bereavement volunteer in a hospice. She is passionate about helping women find meaning in their loss and awaken to new purpose. Her writing has been published in seven countries and several of her short stories have won awards. Uma writes a grief blog called ‘The Grammar of the Grief’ and hosts a weekly eponymous Internet radio show for the Creating Calm Network on Blog Talk Radio. She also facilitates a grief group at a retirement community. You can contact Uma at www.umagirish.com