“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” Franklin P. Jones
How many of you are able to relive the innocence of childhood? Do you remember the days when you believed you could fly and all you cared about were your candies, Popsicles and tiny toys? Ironically, as we grew old, we lost the innocence and boundless energy we had as children. Life becomes so complicated and difficult that we forget how simple and beautiful it is.
Children give us so many valuable life lessons that can help us climb up the ladder to a successful and fulfilled life. We should never underestimate their significance in our daily lives. They teach us some of the most important life lessons that prove instrumental in making our lives easier and a lot more interesting.
Nothing is impossible
When it comes to creativity, children are the best to learn from. They teach you how to involve yourself in imaginary play, get inspired by small little things, and explore limitless possibilities in almost everything. Have a look at some recent accomplishments of children:
An 11-Year-Old Swedish Boy Linus Hovmoller Zou, who doesn’t call himself a genius, solved one of the most complex Chemistry riddles which had been unsolved for 8 years. His father who happens to be a renowned chemistry professor made several attempts but finally turned up to him seeking his help.
A five year-old Australian Painting Prodigy Aelita Andre amazed the world by her sense of expression through her paintings, mixing of texture and color, and unique concept and techniques in her art.
A 16 year old Kolkata Boy (currently living in Germany) Shouryya Ray created History by solving 350-Year-Old Maths Puzzles Set by Sir Isaac Newton.
When you look at them, they look no different than any other children you come across. The examples above are some of hundreds of such examples that demonstrate that there is no such word as ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ in their dictionary and they never constrain their way of thinking about their potential. When you say ‘This is not possible’, they start seeking possibility in that. Sometimes, their thought might seem to be divergent to your too much analytical mind or you might find them to be observing several things with little reasoning to the truth but that’s how they find more routes to the solutions and invent fantastic things.
Their observation is sometimes so microscopic that they perceive the things that go unseen by most of us as adults. They teach you to learn to visualize your thinking, give due consideration to small little things, explore the things you ignore or keep aside, and connect yourself with nature. You might find their emotional reactions to things to be primitive, which you can modify; however, you should never underestimate these pint-sized observers. They teach you that observation itself is a great invention that lies behind every big accomplishment.
Lessons instrumental to happiness
Diligence, spontaneity, simplicity, worry-free mind, agility, encouragement, limitless energy, pure joy, genuine laughter, and having fun — are some of precious life lessons I have learnt from my kids. Sometimes they remind me of some of the forgotten memories of my childhood. Their open space of clear and pure heart fascinates me; though the wonderful incorruptibility of childhood is not completely restorable but we can attempt.
Do not bottle up your emotions
Children never hide their ill or negative feelings for anybody; they fight, shout, cry but express their anger and within few moments they play and laugh with the same person with clean and light heart. On several occasions we adults smile with negative feelings concealed in our heart. As a result, we do not look what we really and never comprehend the intentions of the people around us.
Ask any child what he or she aspires to be and their answer will surely astonish you. They dream big and feel positive about it and this is the attitude all about. If we stick to it, it takes us wherever we want to go and whatever we want to do. Dreaming big is the first step to becoming big in life.
Curiosity is one the most invincible characteristics that represent their vigorous intelligence. Their endless questions might seem unnecessary to you but they are driven by curiosity, which is the secret of great and creative people. With curiosity they take deep venture into anything around and explore amazing things that we as adults and rational minds have never thought of. It is not our special talent or skill that makes us intelligent but our ardent curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
Don’t compromise on your joy
Children tell you to not compromise on the things you passionately feel about. Your sweet and consoling words might make them ready to compromise on some of things but if they feel strongly about something, then your several attempts will go in vain. They never compromise on their favorite things.
We adults have a lot of consideration including gender, color, background, race and religion before accepting anyone in our social and friend circles. Adults’ insecurities and ignorance don’t let people embrace each other with open and honest heart. On the other hand, children don’t judge anything by its cover. By segregating people we oftentimes create barriers in our society, preventing each other from happiness and moving ahead in life.
Cry if it hurts
Cry if hurt! Children don’t take even a second to cry if they are hurt; they cry for sometime and get back to their activities with a lighter and freer heart. Shedding your tears will not hurt your dignity, lesson your manliness or kill your humanity; rather all your suppressed frustrations, anger and pain will be vanished through tear drops. Never be ashamed of your tears; be happy that your pain is washed away through it.
“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Live a worry-free life
Children don’t make their lives difficult by worrying about anything. Problems are bound to occur when we deal with our daily lives and worry too much about them. As a result, our life becomes a series of too many serious events where there are no peace and happiness, nothing left to smile about, and no time left to pursue creative things.
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Written by: Mousumi Kumar Saha