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Children Teach us What Life is all About

July 15, 2010

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

I think too often we forget that children are filled with wisdom.  It may take a little work on our part to recognize and understand their wisdom, but they share it with us freely if we respect them enough to listen.  They gain their wisdom by listening to the voices of adults around them, by observing the activities of their communities and by drinking in the wonder of God’s creation as it unfolds before them each day.

I like to watch children as they see the beauty in a worm crawling over a garden plant, splash in a puddle after a rain storm or create a new game with their friends using simply a few small stones and a stick.  Through their innocence they are teaching me what life is all about.  Life is about the simple things.  It is about friends.  It is about nature and all the life crawling, flying or swimming around me.  It is about not being afraid to stomp in a mud puddly to see what shape the splashes will make around me, even if the majority of the dirty water lands on my clothes.  Life is about laughing with those who are happy, and shedding a tear with those who are sad for whatever reason.

I like to teach children about life, but I hope I will also always learn from children what life is all about.

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