Is there anything more contagious than the laughter of a child? The sound of their pure joy and innocence reminds us of a time when life was simple and carefree. We have a lot to learn from kids.
Somewhere along the line, we lost our ability to see the world as a big, wonderful adventure. Being a responsible adult does not mean we have to sacrifice our sense of wonder and innocence. What can we do to return to that childlike spirit of joy that we had so many years ago?
Make a joy list
It’s time to think back to all those things that bring you true joy. Whether it’s pulling out the drawing pencils you haven’t touched since you were a teenager, or sitting out on the front porch with a favorite book and a cup of coffee. God wants us to find joy in the little things. (We even made you a ready-to-print joy list, so you have no excuses :)
Remember the days when a little stick could be a mighty sword or when a blanket was transformed into a superhero cape? Take the time to play with kids and let your imagination soar. You can learn a lot from them when it comes to imagination, and every once in awhile it’s good to take a leap outside of your normal, everyday routine.
I know that stepping outside your front door might expose you to extreme heat or frigid cold, but ignore that innate reaction to stay inside. Go for a long walk and be brave. God put a whole world outside for you to enjoy in every season, so go eat a popsicle, make a snow angel, or splash in some puddles. We’re all kids at heart!
Read about the Saints
If living with joy is something you struggle with, then seek the saints as they are proof that it is possible. We all need role models who can inspire us, and why not follow those who were close to Christ? Who knows... you might even get a few great ideas! Did you know that St. John Bosco would juggle and walk a tightrope to get kids’ attention?
Everything is new
Wake up tomorrow morning and imagine you have no idea what’s going to happen. You are going out to learn new things, meet new people, and discover new adventures. God has amazing plans for you each and every day. You just have to have the eyes to see it.
We are all called to be childlike. It’s time to be humble and allow ourselves to be taught by and witness the contagious joy of the kids around us. Seeing the world through their eyes, we will catch a glimpse of the beauty that God has in store for us.