Want a lesson in experiencing freedom? Watch your children!

11 Mar

Remember when…

You didn’t project so far into the future as to talk yourself out of trying something new?

You imagined the future and all you felt was a sense of excitement of what was to come?

You laughed without a thought about what someone might think about your laugh?

You asked “why?” and “how come?” and didn’t fall apart when you had to make a decision?

You played, colored outside the lines, and danced with abandon?

You stopped eating even when half your meal was still on your plate because you just didn’t want it anymore, you got full, or you got distracted?

 

Remember when you were a child?

If you want a refreshing perspective on life, if you want to be reminded of the light-hearted nature and approach that you may  have lost as you matured, acquired new responsibilities, and transitioned through the stressors that often come with life, watch your children.

Of course, as we grow up we must learn how to navigate the developmental periods of our lives that often bring with them difficulty and pain, but learning how to find our inner child and adopt a spirit of joy may allow us to rediscover and be reminded of how we must create our happiness.

Going through the day to day minutiae of our lives- paying the bills, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, taking the kids to and from sports practices, completing the project your boss needed yesterday- can cause us to blindly shift into neutral.  At times we’re driving…striving….with the parking brake on, and when we smell something unfamiliar, we end up at the mechanic.  What if we were more childlike now? What if we shifted into drive and lived without fear of forging ahead but also with the openness, creativity, and curiosity that we did as children? In neutral we’re stagnant. Static. Unevolving. We’re not learning, we’re not growing, we’re not thriving.  In drive, we are navigating. We are stewards of our lives, assessing the terrain, watching the landscape ahead of us, and scanning for possibility.

What if you were more childlike now? This week, do an experiment. Observe your children. If you don’t have any, go sit outside of a school playground (don’t get picked up for loitering please) and soak up the magic.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Want a lesson in experiencing freedom? Watch your children!”

  1. Lyka Ricks March 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM #

    I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.~Diane Sawyer obtained from Attention quotes

    • kpropst March 14, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

      Yes! Paying attention means we can be observers of our thoughts and feelings and not get sucked into them. We are not them! Thank you for your comment!

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