Thursday, 22 January 2015

6 lessons we can all learn from children

Lessons we can learn from children

1) BE YOURSELF
Children don't care what other people think of them and never change themselves for others - they will run around with their pants on their heads or walk around with chocolate cake all over their face for all they care. We should all stop worrying so much about how we 'should' act around other people, and instead should be completely ourselves. You can't please everyone but those that really matter will stick around, no matter how you act. You should be able to be completely yourself and not hold back around friends, family and in relationships. Just maybe don't run around with your pants on your head, that may get you arrested...

2) DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
Similar to point number 1: do the things that make you happy and don't do anything you feel uncomfortable with. If a child doesn't want to play a game they won't, or if they don't want to eat broccoli they will refuse. Don't feel pushed into things - you have the power to say 'no'. And in the same way you also have the power to do the things that make you happy. If you want to set up a blog, go for it. You want to change your career? Do it. Don't think about what others will say and do what you want to do.

3) MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is the practise of being completely in the moment and not thinking about the past or the future, which means not worrying or stressing. Children are really good at this as they take each moment as it comes and don't particularly worry about anything. We should all take a leaf out of their books and try to enjoy the present as much as possible. Try really focussing on something you're eating, or a song you're listening to. It can be really difficult to not think about anything but the present moment, but with time and practice you will find that it could completely change your way of life (it's also really good for those suffering with depression). Also try and notice all the little things - as you get older you start to ignore the simple things in life such as the shadows a tree casts on the ground, or the feel of the sand between your toes on the beach.

4) HAVE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT REALLY MATTER
If a kid doesn't like someone, they won't hang around with them. If someone is mean to them they will tell them and stop sharing their sweets with them. Simple. Work out who really matters in your life: those that really make time for you and care for you. And the rest? Do they really matter all that much? But at the same time don't be too quick to judge people; get to know them a little first before making any decisions about them. 
“Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr Seuss.

5) CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
Children celebrate every little thing they do right, whether it's spelling a word right or scoring a goal in football. The whole world revolves around them and they feel like little heroes whenever they tell a story about themselves. Stop downplaying your achievements and learn to celebrate them. Accept compliments and walk tall. You can be modest whilst still being proud of yourself - plus your self-esteem will thank you for it.

6) TRY NEW THINGS
Children forever seem to be joining new clubs or jumping at the chance to try a new sport they've never done before. Don't fear failure or humiliation - be adventurous and say 'yes' to new activities or experiences.
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
                                 - L.M. Montgomery



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