Today is Children’s Day. India is celebrating its 1st Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday as Children’s day. Most of the readers are beyond their so-called childhood age. Does that mean the children’s day is not relevant for us? A BIG NO.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
This is absolutely relevant for all of us who do not consider ourselves a child. We are a matured adult. This is the problem at times. We have buried our childlike qualities. To regain your childhood start doing what you used to do in your childhood.
Play games. When was the last you found time to play games? Either you are busy or you are elder. Both stop you from playing games. Remember, childhood and life will go as you want it to go. The moment you recapture what you had left, you are again living that age.
Avoid watching TV and news, both waste hours. Start playing games /sports which were your favourite in your teen and preteen age.
Keep a camera with you to capture the happiness which surfaces on your face. Childhood is the best and happiest time of life.
“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” Tom Robbins
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Do you have any hobbies? Stamp collecting, reading comics, or even playing games?
Pursue a hobby which you would like to do in your free time. Don’t think your profession and your business is your life. Live it at the workplace and start living your own life after work.
When was in your school you did enjoy doing school homework at home? Why you do/think your office work at home? Stop.
As we mature our mind becomes fixed. We have lost our childlike inquisitiveness. Things do not excite or inspire you. You live in You know everything or you don’t care mode.
Open up to the new ideas, rekindle inquisitiveness, take interest in new things, see the world around you with a different perspective.
New inquisitiveness will give you new eyes and perspective to live life differently.
Unconditioned Your Mind
As we age our mind gets conditional. We have a set of ways of doing things. We have formed our world view; we don’t wish to change.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” J. Krishnamurti
“The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.” Stephen R. Covey.
We accept society’s norms for doing things in a certain way. Our mind becomes fixed as we age. Conditioning is the biggest casualty of aging.
Question things around you. Question your own thoughts. Uncondition your mind to see new possibilities.
Shed Your Ego
Children do not have an Ego. They forget. They don’t mind failing. They are mostly careless about what others are saying. A child is supposed to do mistakes. They take a risk and fail.
As we age, our Ego also ages exponentially. This is the biggest hurdle in living life the way we should be living.
Learn New things
Our mind is ready to learn new things ay any age. This is how it remains agile and fresh. Routine life kills the mind’s capacity. If you don’t use it, you lose it – Disuse atrophy.
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Do As A Child Does
Yes, celebrate small success. Do unthinkable things. Refresh your world view. Be happy. Ask questions. Bunk your office. Take the risk. Forget failure and move on. Play games. Laugh and watch cartoon films too.
“Maturity is when you let your inner child speak and your adult self-listen without any bondages” Henna Sohail
Recently I wrote about the book Self-renewal. Self-renewal is about becoming new You. The post and the book will help you regain your childlikeness again. The following excerpts would be pertinent.
“The infant is a model of openness to new experience, – receptive, curious, eager, unafraid, willing to try anything and above all not inhibited by fixed habits and attitudes. As the years pass he loses these priceless qualities. Inevitably he accumulates habits, attitudes, opinions…. Each acquired attitude or habit useful though it may be, makes him a little less receptive to alternative ways of thinking and acting.”
Regain what you have lost with your age – your childlikeness. Shed your maturity tag often. Time is too short, do it now/ today.
“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.” Dr. Seuss
Celebrate children’s day today. A new child is born in you.
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