This month we’ve been talking about bringing renewed energy to your life by spending time viewing life through the eyes of a child. I’ve invited you to reconnect with your creativity and with your own personal happiness. This week, I want to talk with you about the value of flexibility. Here are some ways to view the world through the eyes of a child this week:
1) If you don’t like it the way it is, don’t worry - my attention will shift in 5 minutes - life is so full of things to do and experience; if you don’t like one thing, go try another. Sometimes we make mistakes in choosing jobs or paint colors or clothing or social activities - don’t suffer because you were told to when you were a child - you are in control. It’s okay to change your mind or admit you made a mistake and move on. In the game of life, misery is optional and flexibility creates room for balance.
2) Adults are just weird big kids. Hey, we like to play too!
Sometimes as we grow hardened by life experiences we lose touch with our own sense of wonder and amazement. We can sometimes get caught up in the daily routine of working to pay the bills and support our families and forget there is more to life than “work”. We can forget that we do have control over how we react to things that happen and most importantly, that we can change direction if we find ourselves on the wrong path. Just slip a child’s hand into mine or put a toddler or baby in my arms and all the troubles of the day and the world slip away. Funny that sometimes, the most serious of adults lose their outer shell of “perfectness” and become truly “PERFECT” in the presence of a child.
This week, I encourage you to embrace flexibility when it comes to the needs of you and your children. Look for ways to add flexibility into your life and see what happens.