An Ageless Tradition for
Children of all Ages
By Daryl L. Meyers
To a child life is exciting … a gift to be celebrated … an adventure just begun. The world’s a playground waiting to be explored. There’s so much to do … so much to see and nothing’s beyond reach. Today is all there is. Tomorrow does not exist.
But time and change cannot be controlled. The years go by. The child becomes an adult. Things are different now. Life is no longer the adventure it once was. One must struggle to achieve … fight to succeed. Life is serious business. Play is now a temporary escape from the harsh realities of a world to be conquered.
What happened? What went wrong? Did we miss a turn somewhere on the way to adulthood? Must growing up mean leaving behind the magical, adventuresome spirit of childhood? When we entered this world there were tears … and if we can’t enjoy the journey and play … there will be tears again.
Could it be that somewhere along the way our priorities have gotten a bit mixed up? Is it possible there’s more to life then climbing the ladder of success, getting to the top, having it all, … that maybe, just maybe, it’s the simple things in life that are of most value? Could it be that the playfulness, simplicity and carefree spirit of a child is still worth considering even for adults?
Maybe it’s time to take a second look at where we’re going. Perhaps we need to go back, revisit those early years and reclaim the childlike trust and innocence we knew so well when we were young.
The years go by in the blink of an eye, and the forms we wear change, but that doesn’t mean we need to settle for the dull or mundane or leave go of the excitement and adventuresome spirit of childhood. Life was never meant to be boring. It was meant to be a journey of joy and celebration.
To have a childlike spirit allows us to see the world from a different perspective, a world both majestic and magical that transcends and transforms our lives in ways we can only begin to imagine.
And by the way who said we had to grow up anyway? Maybe it’s okay to embrace the innocence of childhood even if our bodies are little bigger … and a little older. Maybe it’s okay to enjoy the journey, to once again experience life through the eyes of a child.