One topic I always think of is how we as adults, tend to lose their child-like sense of the world. We become jaded because everything is familiar and there is no wonder any more. We are always looking straight ahead… right into they eyes of other adults who are just as jaded. The wonder we experienced as children seems to be gone. Its a cycle, and yet children don’t suffer from this…children still see the wonder that we are blinded to (well, that most of us are blinded to.)
Most of us…..
Yes, I said most of us. I have always kept a child-like attitude and continually see wonder in the world. I, however, live life hearing others talk about almost exactly what I wrote in the first paragraph. Most of the world around me (except for a few friends) has abandoned childlike wonder and replaced it with day to day drudgery and doom & gloom. I got to thinking about why this is.
You hear people say “Well, people just have to grow up and take responsibility.” That is the excuse I hear every time someone tries to explain why the childlike sense of wonder goes away. I don’t buy it. I …and the certain few friends I mentioned earlier… grew up and we take responsibility for our actions. We are also successful in what we do as adults while at the same time seeing the world with childlike wonder. Please don’t think we are blinded to the bad stuff that happens in the world…we are not. There is pain and suffering all around, but that does not cancel the good parts of the creation we live in. Experiencing the child-like view of life also gives us hope and a positive outlook that can see beyond the pain to a better outcome and outside the box solutions.
I don’t believe that adulthood and child-like wonder have to be mutually exclusive. I also don’t believe that growing up and taking responsibility negates our ability to see the world through a child’s eyes. How can this be possible? I believe one element can change your outlook on life and make you see the world in a different light.
While out the other day with some friends and their kids the other day, I was thinking about this topic. I realized that (due to their height) everything around the kids is “bigger” than what is around us. My friend’s daughter was always looking up at her dad, the other kids were always looking up at objects as well…because everything in our world is set for adult height. That is when it dawned on me. I and my friends that still have a childlike outlook… never stopped looking up! We look at the stars, tall buildings, cloud formations, trees, all the tall things that 90% of the rest of us miss because it is looking straight ahead at a world engineered for adult height. Society gets so lost in the clutter of what is eye level that there is no room to dream!
The sky is limitless, and so are the possibilities for your life. Look above the clutter and give yourself room to dream. Look up at the great expanse that defies explination and let your imagination soar. And just like my friend’s daughter was looking up with wonder at her dad, we can do the same thing and look up at our Creator with wonder. It’s a pattern that we rarely replicate as adults, but we should. Even if you don’t agree with my belief in a creator (that subject is not the focus of this post), I challenge you to look up anyway…and make it a habit. Looking up activates something amazing… and you might just discover you inner child again.