Childlike or Childish?


How can you go wrong with a picture of a puppy and a kid?

I love the innocence of kids.

They don’t know what they don’t know so they just are.  They don’t know what they can’t do… or say… which we all know can be problematic at times.

Life has no rules or limitations because they don’t know any better.


“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.”

- William Stafford


There’s no pretense… just candid natural responses.

Take a look at this video as an example.


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But then something happens.  Somehow the natural child begins to morph, some earlier than others.

They begin to morph into people.  How unfortunate.

The innocence and natural openness begins to evaporate and their training and upbringing starts to take charge.

The cute childlike behavior becomes childish and self focused.

I reflect back on what William Stafford said in the earlier quote.  He said they dance before they learn there isn’t anything that isn’t music.

Who teaches them differently?

Yes, there are things that kids need to learn as they grow and mature.  And no, I don’t think they should be pampered and coddled from life.

But I do believe we have done them a disservice.

Not intentionally.  We just teach them what we learned and unfortunately we unwittingly impose the limitations we learned.

I know there are things that we should teach kids.

But I want to learn from kids.  Or should I say… UNLEARN!

I have enough self-imposed limitations that I have lived with for years that are a lie.  On one level I know they are a lie but I need to unlearn the stuff.

It is my desire to see things untarnished by my jaded perspective.  I want to experience things fresh and unencumbered.

Some of you are reading this and thinking that this is impossible.  NO… it is not impossible.

It does require effort but it can be done.

I find that I am actually approaching life from a more childlike perspective.  No, I’m not getting old and reverting back to childhood.

I am seeing things differently.  This does not mean I don’t have adult problems and issues that I have to deal with.

Yep, I put on my big boy pants and go about life.  But wearing big boy pants does not mean that we can’t find those precious spots in the day where we can look at things from childlike eyes.

It’s very cool indeed.

I tell people that I know that I will age but I don’t want to grow old.

How about you?

Ciao… see you Monday.

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