Today, everyone is living independently, pushing for individuality. It is a good thing because it helps us achieve more. It also allows us to reconnect with ourselves and realize what we really need and want. Children’s dependence to their parents is admirable and enviable. It’s a dependence that makes them worry free. Knowing that they have someone who will provide for their needs, who will protect them no matter what and who will love them unconditionally strips away their worries. If only we could depend on God the way children depend on their parents, we would not be stressing ourselves out with baseless worries. So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. —Matthew 6:31-32
Purity of heart
On our way to adulthood, our minds have been corrupted and exposed to unpleasant experiences and situations. We put malice on certain things not necessarily because we’re lascivious in nature but because we somehow need to. We need to be alert and look beyond the other person’s intentions because we need to be constantly cautious and vigilant. We need to protect ourselves from abuse. Somehow we forgot to be pure. We fail to look at the goodness in others because we have been traumatized by our past experiences. We judge before we know the story behind the story. We categorize and label one another. We don’t give each other a chance to prove themselves first. Children will accept you as you are. As long as you play fair, you are welcome to join their team or play their game. Children will not judge you by your appearance. Adults teach them that.
Quick to forgive
Notice how easy it is for children to forget any misunderstanding with one another? They will banter over a game and after a few, you’ll see them playing again. They will argue and then agree to disagree, or leave it as it is and move one. How refreshing it is to watch children go along with their day. They only have playtime, studies, or meal time in their daily schedules. No hang ups, no stressful work, no petty worries. We can never go back to childhood, but we can always bring with us our childlike qualities. Kids don’t really say the darndest things. They say things we are afraid to admit, they state the obvious that we often look pass, and they say the brutal truth that we adults sugar coat. We may know more than children do, but we must never underestimate their wisdom. We can learn a lot from them.