Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Among the Chaos

The typical work field has never interested me, sad and maybe pathetic, yet entirely true.
  My ideal "work day" consists of playing with play dough, wiping boogers, changing diapers, and building forts. Well that is not for some, I wouldn't have it any other way. There is no better job then playing with the most precious little people on earth.
 Yes all kids have their moments. The ground suddenly transforms into a punching bag. Shirts quickly become stain magnets. Toilets become swimming pools. And between the hours of 5pm-bedtime the worst of both parents (babysitters) and child seems to emerge (mom's know exactly what I'm talking about).

Yet among the sometimes chaotic moments, I end up learning. Kind of an interesting environment to learn and grow,but it happens.  More frequently then you would expect too. As adults we have had years to master the art of holding grudges, being stuck in our ways, and being rather uptight. That may be quite the generalization, but I'm sure you can think of things that you have become proficient at over the years. Because of a child's short time on earth they have yet to develop these lovely adult traits.  Children have the ability to quickly forgive. No matter what crazy idea you have, they go with it, trusting you completely. And they find pure joy in the simple things.

I think it would be safe to say, we have a lot to learn from these little ones. Even better, I think we need to become like them. No, that does not give you permission to hit, slobber, or wipe boogers on people. But what you can do is find your inner child. As crazy as that may seem, we were children at one point too. 

As adults we tend to get wrapped up in our overly scheduled lives. But among the chaos we may fail to remember how fun life can be. So I here's a challenge.... take a break. A total of 30 minutes will not kill you, I promise.
As frustrating as it is, the homework, emails, laundry, and dirty dishes will still be there when you get back. So take some time to do something out of the ordinary.
 Draw with chalk....
Do something Spontaneous... 
Have a mud fight.... 
Go to the zoo... 
Make a wish.... 

Just do something, anything that allows you to laugh, play, cry if necessary. No matter how old you are you can find a moment in a day to become like a child. 
My favorite wise old man once said" Life is to be enjoyed not just endured" 
As you enjoy your life, others will enjoy theirs.
 Which allows you both to be...

Positively Contagious 

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