An urban visitor asked, "Is that a chipmunk?"
He said, "That's only the second chipmunk i've seen in my life. When i first saw it, i thought it was a squirrel with racing stripes."
Oh, the beginner's mind is a joy to observe. It's so creative. It's so open. The beginner's mind hasn't taken on stressful beliefs, views, and opinions like "The chipmunks are eating my tulip bulbs" and "I'm going to trap those darn chipmunks and deport them."
Our own minds are full of stressful thoughts and stressful beliefs. This is one of the reasons we feel so joyful around children: we can look at the world anew through their eyes and let go of stress for a moment or a minute. Blessed relief!
A squirrel with racing stripes.