I would like to share with you an extract of a writting by Brenda Anne Le Blanc I just discover.
I particulary like it because I always I feel like a child; I am emotionaly “fragile”, I can laugh and cry in the same period of time, when I tell a story I live it, I firmly believe in things that Western adult is hard to see, and, a lot of other things.. Maybe you already know that if you have ever seen me..
Do you ever feel you feel better when you are surrounded of children ?
They are lesson of life…
“Have you forgotten the importance of ice cream? When was the last time you made a snow angel? How long? Shame on you. Remember the sorty of Peter Pan? Well, if you don’t, read it again…or better yet…read it to a child. Chance are, you probably take things in your life-how shall I put this-too darn seriously! If is the case, don’t be alarmed. There’s still hope. And that hope is children.
If you don’t have children in your family, surround yourself with them. Make them a part of your “extended” family and your life. Why? Because children play a very important role in our lives. They connect us to adventure, innocence, truth, and magic. “Feel the dignity of a child”, said Robert Henri. “Do not feel superior to him, you are not.” All too often, however, we see children only as lacking the knowledge we process. We forget that there is so much we can learn from them.
Children believe in magic. [...]
Children are Open. They speak from their hearts without editing what they say or do. They simply “go for it.” [...]
Children’s senses are alive. [...] They are naturally sensuous. [...]
Children are emotion. As we get older, we lock our emotional instrument away, rarely taking them out and playing them, but a child’s instrument is free to play whatever music he or she wishes. It can go from the happiest flute tune to a deep, sad cello in a matter of seconds. Children are free to let these songs play each time they become inspired by an emotion. Unfortunately, sometimes we tell them, “Don’t yell”, or “Shhh.” Commands like these make the instrument go out tune. Instead of telling them to stop the emotion from coming out, we should learn from them that having a range of emotions is natural. Often, it is not just the sadness we hold back but the hapiness too. Children express their joy. They don’t hold back their affection. If they want to show you their love with a hug, they don’t say to themselves, “Maybe I shouln’t.” They just run up and wrap their arms around you, squeezing you until love fills you up. Pain, fear, anger, wonder, love, hope, joy-as we watch a child express these feelings, perhaps we can learn again to express them ourselves.
In today’s society, where children are so often excluded from the adult world and adult events, it is important to remember that they need to be made a valuable part of our intimate circle-for our sake as much as theirs. Yes, children need us to teach them ho to survive, but we need them to teach us how to live.”