"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you." - Kahlil Gibran The Prophet
The innocence of childhood so many too often dream of. What are they dreaming of, a time of no responsibility, an afternoon nap or to simply play? If we stop to think about that stage in our life and our development, there can be so much of it we can claim in adulthood. The wonder and curiosity. Really there is much that magazine articles and psychology tells us we should be doing. Isn't meditation the adult version of daydreaming; letting your mind wonder to distant places where you feel peace and serenity with control of course (that is the adult part) And what about the expressions like "dance as if no one is watching"
Maybe we adults got this all wrong. Maybe we have taken the control and responsibility too far. Maybe we need to look back at the wonder of childhood. A time when everything was new and exciting. We had dreams that weren't tainted by fear of not being good enough. We had hope for a better day and believed we could do anything. We fell in love with ease and it was a pure love, no conditions. Our only worry in childhood is to grow. Life's longing for itself. As adults we don't stop being that, we are still life longing for itself. We are simply part of the cycle. Live, that is all we have to do. We don't have to be famous or have a million dollars, we need to live life. Wake up each morning with the starry eyes of a child and say "what adventure will I take today?" . Face each challenge with the creativity and determination of a child trying to see Santa on Christmas Eve. We do have to discourage people from signing important papers in crayon. Sorry, we have to draw the line somewhere.