There are formative times in our lives that create deep identity energy that can sustain us for a lifetime, and to which we return (in mind, heart and community) for inspiration and renewal.
by Jaco B. ten Hove, co-minister
Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church, Bainbridge Island & Greater Kitsap County, WA
June 2, 2013
I invite you to recognize what was undoubtedly a formative era in your own life, a time captured by the title to one of A.A. Milne’s delightfully evocative little books: “When We Were Very Young” (in which an indelible character appears for the first time: Winnie-the-Pooh).
We adults continue to research and learn about the astounding importance of the early years of a growing human being’s development, but this only confirms what we likely know in our hearts anyway: it greatly matters what young people experience, how they take in their expanding world and absorb what becomes for them, and I daresay for all of us, meaningful momentum.