The following is by contributor Christen Babb of Nurture Baby.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso
Ever miss that childhood wonder, the longing to discover the world around you, and the desire to just “play”? I sure do. So, in 2012, I resolve to be more like my five year old.
For many of us, 2011 was a difficult year. In all its stress and seriousness, I for one forgot how to play. Being a task-oriented individual, I tend to create a to do list out of the simplest goals just to see that precious check-mark at the end of the day. Caught in the frenzy of check-marks, it’s easy to lose focus on relationships by placing greater attention on accomplishments.
This year, I choose to simplify and relish the journey towards my goals alongside my favorite little companions.
Less doing and more being might be my hardest resolution yet, but here’s to those 2012 goals through the eyes of my five year old:
The grown up version of this goal might be interpreted as “read more”, but that sounds a bit like a chore doesn’t it? That one more thing to check off your list before going to bed each night? Not through the eyes of my five year old. She relishes new books, gets lost in their fantastical, make-believe plots, and stays up late to read them over and over…and over again. She has a voracious appetite to explore new subjects through reading that in turn builds confidence, strengthens communication, and inspires creativity. Funny, those benefits are universal and I’m hoping this grown up can reap some of them as well.