Saturday, 28 April 2012
Philosophy Friday - The Child Within
" Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
- Pablo Picasso
Yes indeed Mr. Picasso, it can be a problem. As children, we had an innate sense of curiosity. We questioned everything. We experimented with things and we never had that sense of failure or dread that seems to come with adulthood. If we drew a picture and it did not really turn out as we had envisioned - did we agonize over it ? NO - we usually tossed it aside, took up another piece of paper and started anew. We had a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around us. We had an eagerness to know about things and to learn. Our minds were open, free flowing and uncluttered.
As adults, our world is more complicated - filled with responsibilites, work commitments, obligations, and social expectations. Our minds are constantly littered with the debris of day to day activities and bound by the chains of routine. We are all too aware of being judged and we too easily bow to the opinions of others. We care too much what others think of us, instead of being comfortable in our own skin and marching to our own drummer.
Maybe it's time to start looking through a child's eyes once again. To experience the wonder of the world, to seek and question, to see new and extraordinary things. Ignite that creative spark and embrace the joy of looking with eyes wide open, feeling the bliss and the sense of freedom and innocence we enjoyed as a child. Put fears of failure aside and enjoy learning to play again. Look, see, do ......
" All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all --- LOOK. "
- Robert Fulgham ( in"Importance of Kingergarten")