“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” ~ Jedi Master Yoda
Once the summer officially ends on Labor Day and schools open in September, we can’t help but focus on children. They are always around but there’s something about these first few weeks when schools open that I love watching children the most.
The popularity of the latest movie, sport, game, etc. can be found on the backpacks of each and every child. As they begin the new school year, children shrill with delight to show their friends their new finds. Boys and girls alike arrive at school dressed in the latest fashions, piled up with brand new pens, pencils and notebooks. Everyone is ready to hunker down and tackle another school year.
When I think of what going to school is all about… learning, growing, sports, responsibility, mentors, and new experiences and at the heart of being in school, smiles, laughter, fun and friendship, I realize so clearly that there is much to be learned from children.
Children get it
Children are natural sponges who listen and watch
Children ask questions
Children are curious and bright
Children work and study and do the best they can
Children play, laugh and have fun
Children are silly, zany and joyful all at the same time
Children are energetic, resourceful and spontaneous
Children are intelligent, curious and vulnerable
Children are amazing in their ability to be here now and stay in the present moment
Children are lovable, kindhearted and innocent
Children are beautiful souls with resilience and wisdom
Children feel their emotions immediately and completely
Children let go and forgive
Children are unique, divine, child-like and believable
Children are talented, magical and open-minded
Children are precious, whole and just plain delightful
Many of you are blessed with children and I am sure you will agree that your children are your greatest accomplishments. With all of the qualities that these little people possess, is it any wonder the number of lessons we can learn from observing and appreciating these beautiful beings we love and cherish?
Their way of being in the world is worth our time to learn, understand and embrace. As much as they look to the adults in their lives for care, unconditional love, guidance and acceptance, we too, need children just as much as they need us. They can teach us to remember a time when we were just like them, free to be ourselves. More importantly, they remind us that we can always choose to let go of the baggage and negativity that gets in our way and decide to make the most of every moment that we have.
May we always remember the blessings of children. And as they depend on us for love, support and guidance, may we also appreciate the lessons they can teach us. When the days are hard, long, sad and even unbearable, look to your own children, look to all the children in your life and let them embrace you with their innocence and ability to live in the now.