Do you want to gain a better life? Then it’s time to regain some powerful childlike qualities. Adults often lose the positive qualities children have. But the good news is you can regain them.
As I looked at my stuffed animals and pondered my age I questioned if having them was childish. At first, I thought it was and felt small. But then I paused, taking note of what emotions the “childish” toys stirred in me – childlike feelings that are good.
I remembered how Jesus told his disciples they needed to become like children. What did he mean? They needed to regain some childlike qualities they had lost. Qualities Jesus considered important and powerful.
Adults who regain these 15 childlike qualities gain a power to live a better life.
Being an adult isn’t bad. We have power as adults that children don’t. That’s why when we’re teenagers we can’t wait to leave childhood behind to obtain what adulthood has to offer.
There are ways we need to mature to handle the pressures in adulthood.
But on the journey between adolescence and adulthood through the onslaught of phrases like “just grow up” or “stop acting like a child” we cast aside the good of childhood that would empower us to be better adults.
As you go through these 15 powerful qualities imagine them at work in your life.
WHAT TO REGAIN
Children can play with the simplest thing. I’ve heard many a parent (myself included) talk about how a child would rather play with the box a toy came in than the toy itself. A box. Such a simple thing to play with. And consider the rise of minimalism–is this not an attempt to regain the simplicity of a child?
A child is born with the innate ability to trust those who care for them. This trust is what gives them the ability to rely on others and ask for help. Although we need to learn to do things for ourselves, humanity was created to be interdependent, not independent. Trust is a powerful component in relationships.
3. Laugh easily
Children can laugh at just about anything. Even things that might not be funny. There are reports of how many more times they laugh than adults, and then those that refute those numbers. But no matter the numbers, this ability to laugh easily serves well not only as a stress reliever but has other health benefits as well.
Some may have the tendency to think of children as weak and easy to give up, but look at the determination and tenacity of one learning to walk. We couldn’t count how many times they fall down, yet they all learn to walk—because they never give up. And then consider also a child trying to get the attention of their mom—mom, mom, mom, ma, mommy, mother, mom….until she responds.
Children are naturally curious. They ask questions about everything. Sometimes to the dismay of adults after the seeming incessant stream of why, how come, what’s that, where did that…etc… This quality is also what drives a kid to dismantle things just to see how it works even if we wish they didn’t do that. But it’s how they learn and it’s a good thing.
This quality is so important. Children are amazed by everything and adults have the tendency to have lost all sense of wonder. Adults may know a lot but there’s always more to learn and new ways to see things. Picture when a child “discovers” their feet as if they just suddenly appeared—they look at them in such amazement. Then consider how your body is functioning without your effort at all.