Posts Tagged ‘Children’

I love TED and the many speakers they bring in to discuss various topics.

This one is from General Colin Powell and it’s about how structure helps kids grow up smarter and become their best.

Kids need the gift of a good start…They need to be a part of a tribe, community, family…There are kids that can make it, if you give them structure…All of us have to have a commitment to do that…We have to invest in our future.”

Some good insight from General Powell and worth the watch.

Always be looking for that which you do well and that which you love doing, and when you find those two things together — man, you got it.”

Thanks for the perspective and good advice. What do you think? Do kids need structure?

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When we’re a kid, the sky is the limit. Rules are the enemy. Fun is the bottom line.

As we grow up, we learn to follow process and procedures. We understand hard work and sacrifice is part of the game. We learn to act like an adult, just as society wants us to be.

As someone who’s a rule follower by nature, it can take a conscious effort for me to be spontaneous and live life the way it’s supposed to be lived… in the moment.

There are two instances that happened recently where I could have acted the way an adult is supposed to act. Proper, organized, act my age, blah, blah, blah. When I was shipped a piece of art from my grandparents (we’re talking 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall), I opened it in front of them and my parents during the holidays. It was very well-packaged including bubble wrap and a ton of those styrofoam peanuts. Now, I’m supposed to grab the peanuts out of the box and gently place them in a plastic bag so no mess is made and they are collected quickly.

Don’t get me wrong I started to do just that, and then, a light went on in my head. And I decided not to do what was “proper” and instead take the opportunity to grab handfuls of peanuts and throw them up in the air and yell, “YIPPEEEE!” I threw them on my Grandma sitting in a chair. I threw them on my Grandpa sitting on the couch. I threw them in the air to land on my Dad, Mom and myself while we unwrapped the package. It was fun, joyful and I felt like a kid enjoying life in even the smallest of moments that don’t normally show themselves to adults.

The second moment of utter happiness happened at the Denver Art Museum. There is an exhibit made entirely of bungee cords. Hundreds of colored bungee cords that form a kind of maze to bounce through. Naturally, this exhibit is a huge hit with kids. Huge. Even though the exhibit welcomes the young and old to experience this unique bungee maze, adults sit on the outside of the exhibit watching with smiles on their faces as children bounce around, laughing, yelling with enthusiasm, just having a wonderful time.

My parents and I could have walked around the exhibit seeing how neat it all looked. But that’s not how to live every moment to the fullest, now is it. So, we got into the bungee maze and had a ball. We bounced around, laughed, giggled and loved every minute of it.

So, the lesson is that children find the good in everything and everyone. Their imaginations should be envied by every adult because in them is true happiness. Children know how to live and us adults could learn a thing or two from them. I challenge you and me to always live. Do things that maybe you’re not supposed to because you’re an “adult” and instead, find the joy in the smallest moments in addition to the large ones that usually get our attention.

Here’s to you and me… just big kids.

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