“Sometimes you just have to talk to a 2 year old so you can understand life again!”
“No matter how old you are or how tough you think you are, if a toddler hands you their ringing toy phone, you answer it” because at the other end of the phone there usually ends up being a lesson for you. 🙂
I have heard both of these things said many times over the years and I really do believe we can learn so much from young children.
There was a song written many, many years ago by a lyricist named Linda Creed. The music for it was then composed by Michael Masser and it was Whitney Houston’s performance of it that brought the words and music to fame.
The words are what stand out most to me. Here are Linda Creed’s thoughts:
“I believe the children are our future...teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside, give them a sense of pride to make it easier, let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be!
Too often we get caught up in our mindsets and forget to enjoy life as children do. We can learn so many great things from kids if we just stop, hit pause, and remove ourselves from our busy and many times stressful lives to play, to listen, to soak in all they are teaching us.
Take a minute and watch a child in action. I bet you won’t regret it and will most likely come away feeling a little more relaxed and surprised at the characteristics you will see. I did just that this past Sunday at a family Easter celebration. I saw and experienced things through the eyes of children and it was wonderful. When we do this, it slows us down and teaches us the true meaning of life…that people are the most important part of life. The little ones wanted nothing more than to spend time with each other, to be outdoors, and to talk and play with the grown ups. One of my great nephews said to me “outside” when I was sitting on the patio and asked him where he was going. I followed him out and am so glad I did because I got to see him enjoying the outdoors with his family, playing on the slide as he continued to tell me about things he saw. It was a wonderful experience and it lightened mine and my hubby’s spirits and it was just plain fun to watch him enjoying himself. Later on, we got to see his younger cousin trying hard to get his attention and other cousins sharing and playing with each other all the while enjoying each other’s company. I know you probably are thinking that these are all the simple and everyday occurrences of life, and yes, while that may be true…when we, as adults, hit pause and take time out to experience these occurrences, we get to see just how important those everyday things are.
We get to see that they are learning key things like respect, showing each other love and kindness, sharing, helping, communicating with each other, having fun, showing gratefulness, expressing their feelings without hesitation, finding joy, defining friendships, and laughing wholeheartedly. And, as we watch, we are relearning these lessons and remembering to make each of those characteristics important and in the forefront of our own lives. I wonder if that’s why so many people love having grandchildren around. They see the value that the little ones bring to our world. And, it is this reason why I, like, Linda Creed, see children as our future and why it is so important in the beginnings of their lives to teach them well and then let them lead the way.
So, the next time a child hands you a phone and expects you to answer it, please do so as the child handing you the phone may very well grow up and become the next world leader, a doctor, a healer, a teacher, a discoverer, an artist, a writer, or one of the many helpers we have that make our world a much better place.