Someone posted a question on our office forum, what can adults learn from children? I thought, what’s not. I believe, it is not us who make teaches them but it is them who teaches us new things. You might have read stories featuring Harsha and Manaar. Moreover, how two of them taught me to look things with a new perspective. And it is not them, it is same with every kid, you know.
They are curious about anything and everything. They want to know about this or that and ask you dumbest of question, without thinking twice. Anything that matters to them is learning.
They are immune to fear, I believe. They are not afraid of trying new things and doing new stuff. They don’t think what others will think. All they think to have some fun.
They will help people unconditionally without thinking of any favor in return. They help people because they want others to be happy and because they know they need help. They don’t have any qualm over asking help. They ask for help when they need help. One thing at which we adults miserably fail.
4. Meeting New People
Look at kids in public park or restaurants. They don’t have any issues talking to new people and playing with them. Unless they told not to do so. All they want to have some good time. And it’s totally valid. We, on other hand, go out dinner with same set of people, talk about the same stuff that we have talked on the last Sunday. So on and so that but we never allow a new person to enter in our life.
One thing I absolutely love about children that how easily they forgive, and forget. They know there are many other things to think about (or not ;)). So, it is better to make no fuss and move on.
6. Smiles, Hugs and Kisses
They smile, hug and kiss anywhere and anytime. They shower their love unconditionally without having any reservations.
They are very passionate about things they love. They are superfocused and superdedicated, and don’t like any kind of interruption when they are engaged in their business.
They have their all sort of dreams. They want to be astronaut, magician, pilot, sailor or anything. They want to travel, save the world like superman, and make it a happier place like Gandhi or Mother Teresa. But dreams don’t come at cheap price. You need to leave your comfortable life. And kids are willing to do that and we are not. If you don’t believe me, just ask any kid, tell him the problem he will face. But eventually he will answer, After that, Am I able to be that?
9. Never Judge People
They never judge people on any basis of caste, creed, color, money or religion. For them, everyone is equally lovable.
9. Try. Fail. Repeat.
They know it’s okay to fail. They don’t have any issue when they don’t get it at first attempt. They know they will eventually gonna get it. And even when they don’t get it, they will ask for the help. They will try and repeat until they not going to get it.
They don’t plan. They actually don’t know what will they do in next minute. So genuinely speaking, they don’t care about planning stuff. They improvise things as they come to them and enjoy.
You know why kids share everything after school or play with their parents. Because they know if no one is going to listen them or love them. They have their have families. They surely going to listen them. The one thing we forget over the time. The Family Love.
12. Cry A Little
It’s okay to cry, a bit. Let the emotions out. A cartoon or some chocolates and then start a fresh.
13. Be Nice
You don’t need to be an absolute moron. Be nice, even to animals. Least, this is what you can do.
14. Deal With Negativity
They surely know how to deal with negative people. They will either punch on their nose or simply pick their toys up and move on. They don’t let anybody to consume their energy. They have others things to deal.
15. Be Grateful
They are genuinely grateful. They are thankful to those who helped them and they never back out. They know how to stick by those who helped them.
16. Beginner’s Mind
They don’t pretend that how things work. They are not expertise and have nothing to prove. They look at things with some kind of amazement and learn from the scratch. They see everything with a new and fresh perspective.
17. Live in the Moment
They know they can’t change the past and they absolutely don’t think about the future. They live in the moment, the very moment.
18. Enjoy Little Things
They enjoy little things. They know happiness lies in little things. They know how to enjoy every scoop of chocolate icecream, how to splash and jump in water puddles, and how to play and dance in the rain.
For them, sharing is caring. As I said earlier, they don’t believe in future. They share things to make new friends and put smile on other faces.
Have you seen a child sleeping? They sleep with their palms open. Like they don’t have anything to hold on. And when they wake up. They wake up with a genuine and sweet smile. Like you, they don’t look out for phone, newspaper or anything else.
They surely know how to appreciate others. Watch them during the basketball or football match. They appreciate every effort shown by players of any team. They don’t have teams. All they have the game.
They are very good listeners. Though they don’t listen to the instruction. But they listen to the stories. And from those stories, they set their own standards.
23. Saying Sorry
They openly accept their mistakes. If they are not pressured to lie. They know it is okay to accept their fault. And learn how to do it right on next time.
24. It’s Okay To Be Flawed
They know it’s okay to have flaws. They take it lightly when people mock them. Because eventually they are going to get over it. It is only the constant reminder to tease them, what irritates them.
25. It’s Okay To Say No
They know it’s okay to say no. They know it’s not going to work, if they fuss about thing. And half heartily say yes.
26. Challenging the Stereotypes
They surely know how to stand up against stereotypes. Think a bit outside of the box. And do it.
27. Not To Take Anything Seriously
They don’t take anything for serious. Scars are like badges for them. And it is always a game.
In short, we can learn everything from children that we have forgotten over the time. And start living, not existing.