“Seek out the brilliance of youngsters.”
As adults, we think ourselves to be very bright. We’ve gone through a lot of life, and had considerably more experiences than those who are much younger than us. We’ve got our education degrees, our jobs, our life experiences, which substantiate the thought that we are somehow smarter than children.
And yet, there are things that children can still teach us. Many young children have still not been conditioned the way we have as adults, so their minds are still pristine. The filter that we have spent years perfecting to ensure we are accepted by society may not exist for children, who speak their minds, and hearts, free of any notion of consequence. And that has a significant benefit.
We pride ourselves on being creative thinkers with the ability to examine complex problems and come up with creative solutions. But in many regards we are much more restricted than children are because we have become conditioned to think a certain way, or believe something. In fact, we have been so strongly indoctrinated that at times it can be impossible to break free from the boxes of thought that we have trapped ourselves in. And we don’t even know there is a problem.
But taking some time with children can reveal entirely new ways, new worlds, new perspectives of thinking. The smallest bit of exposure to their attitude and freshly inspired worldview is enough to make you think outside the box, perhaps even momentarily stepping to a place in your own childhood where the world was limitless, and creativity flowed without restriction, or fear of societal impositions.
If you have children, spend some time with them. If not, spend some time with relatives who have children (and your relatives too). Learn, play, think, dream, and be inspired with them. There is much to be gained and learned from a child’s “naive” (and I use that in the most positive way for this post) purity of thought.