“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas” Paula Poundstone
Children have such wisdom. They see life in an uncomplicated manner, and ask the age old question “Why?” They don’t look for the reasons or excuses why they can’t do something – they are always searching for new and innovative ways to play, to learn and to grow.
When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up there is a multitude of answers from an astronaut, to a fireman, to a doctor…..not once worrying about how they will become one of these things – just the determination and deep down belief that they will.
When did we, as adults lose this faith in our own abilities….or have we just buried it deep within us? As adults we can learn so much from children and probably need to ask ourselves on occasions “Why?” Why am I feeling like this? Why am I in this situation? Why have I allowed myself to let this continue?
Whatever situation you find yourself in – whether you are happy or not – begin to think like a child. Decide what it is you want and continue asking the questions until you are moving towards your outcome. Why am I where I am right now…….and most importantly “How can I change things” and “What am I going to do to get it?”
One of the most important things we can learn from our children is joy of just being. Have you ever watched a young child spend time playing with their hands – looking at their fingers from all angles and laughing to themselves? Have we lost the child-like joy of enjoying what we have right now to play with and to learn from?
We may think of ourselves as the “grown-ups”, the teachers, the inspiration for our children – my challenge today is to become the student…..to learn and to grow as a child does. Keep asking the questions and never be afraid to learn your answers.