As a grownup responsible adult, childhood has become a distant memory for most of us. Gone were the days when we could play around, make a mess of things, watch our favorite cartoons and so much more kid stuff. Growing up into who we are now, we can only look back and think about the many things we experienced back when we were children and the lessons we learned from those experiences. Sometimes, seeing the younger generation of children around us takes us back to our childhood. In turn, we gain a realization about seeing things from a child’s perspective, and we learn to deal with some things in our adult world as a child would have dealt with them.
When we were children, we might have asked, “What day is it?” We looked forward to a new day with excitement and enthusiasm. A new day meant a new chance to make friends, explore new adventures, make new discoveries and learn new things. Children start their day fresh and look forward to it with enthusiasm and energy, something we adults may have lost but can still gain back.
Creativity is something we should relearn from children. Most of the time, we see children being totally engaged in creative activities for hours at a time. They draw, make clay sculptures or build sandcastles, giving careful attention to detail. As we get older, we stop the drive to be creative and creative activities as worthwhile for some reason. In the adult world, creativity is becoming a profession, where painters, sculptors and other artists make creative works of art on a regular basis and get paid for them. We sometimes wonder how many grownups still draw, finger-paint and make clay sculptures just for fun.
Children are full of energy and live their lives to the fullest. They play, laugh, dance and sing in earnest. As adults, we should not hold back and be courageous. Learn not to be confined by fears of failure or humiliation. That is how children seem to live life without limits. For them, marching forward with hope and determination is all there is to living their lives. We as adults should also embrace all that life has to offer with open arms.
Another thing we may have forgotten and should relearn from children is to find joy all around us. We have gotten too serious and uptight in our adult lives and we miss the fun things around us and being silly for a while. We can always see kids finding humor in just about any situation – the grocery store, the mall, at the park or simply at home. We should be silly sometimes and find release and relaxation from stress. It is music to my ears to hear giggles and laughter from the back seat of the car when my granddaughters are with me.
God in His wisdom asked us to be childlike when coming to Him: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)