Reflecting the wonder in all of us, a child stares out to the sea and dreams big dreams.
Why is it, that once we become adults, we feel that we cannot dream our big dreams? So often, we rationalize what it is we want to do, look at the sheer difficulty of it, and come to the conclusion that the dream will never come true, and turn it into a daydream.
Bold Innocence invites the viewer into the big, magical world of the child – a world in which dreams are meant to be believed and treasured, a world in which there is a trust to a higher power, a belief that the impossible can come true, a security in knowing that one human is just as good as the next, and if God answers some people’s prayers, there is no reason why He is not listening, and fully paying attention to, the prayers of others.
Standing at the edge of a great big sea, the child sees – and yet does not see – the vast expanse of water before her, the sheer impossibility of her crossing it to get to the other side. How will she traverse this obstacle? Maybe she'll skip across the top; or a boat will arrive; or she'll fly -- prosaic or fanciful, the possibilities are profound. If one believes – as a child does – that an option is not necessarily untrue because it’s outlandish, then it’s possible to stand before the vast ocean of our own dreams and, with a sense of bold innocence, determine that somehow, we will get to the other side.
Children possess a wisdom that adults do not because children, by their very smallness and vulnerability, have a natural humility that prevents them from being arrogant and cynical. And while the transition to adulthood frequently finds us leaving that humility and trust behind, Bold Innocence encourages us to look for it again, and put in on like a cloak as we did as a child.
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March 14th, 2017
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