The good word says to have child like faith. When we were kids we believed we could do and be anything we wanted to be. We had these ridiculously crazy dreams. Why? We didn’t know any better. We didn’t have any life experience. We didn’t really experience failure yet. We hadn’t been contaminated by the world around us yet. Us adults think we are so wise. We think we know whats best all the time. Id argue that we should stop listening to our wise adult selfs and start listening to the young people, the kids that have child like faith, that believe anything is possible. I would argue that its our wise adult selfs with so much “experience” that is whats really holding us back from our dreams and living the life we really want to create. I would argue that just because you have more experiences doesn’t mean you have more wisdom. Many times experience can be a bad thing, because your thought process on that experience can create a limited self belief that keeps you stationary, not achieving your dreams. What if we operated with the same chid like faith that kids do? What if we really believed we could do and become anything we wanted to become? What could we achieve in our life then?
I have chosen to not listen to the adults in my life so many times and its worked out pretty well. What I have learned is my experiences or opinions don’t determine truth. I have learned that many people live their life operating in fear. I have learned that I have spent much of my life operating in fear. That fear put me into a box of what I could and couldn’t accomplish. But the truth is we weren’t given a spirit of fear, we were given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. So that fear that I have based on my opinions which is based on my experiences, isn’t truth. Maybe just maybe we were supposed to live our entire life with the child like faith it says in the good word. Maybe we should start to pay more attention to the kids in our life and try to emulate the faith and belief they have. We as adults think we are so wise. We think we know everything. Maybe the way kids dream are the way we should dream.
I love it when an adult tells me what I should do and I defy their wisdom. They get so frustrated with me. The truth is I don’t want their advice. I want to go back to when I was a kid and chased after a dream of playing soccer at Duke. When I dropped out of college and all the wise adults in my life told me I was crazy and I would not be able to get a good job and because of my child like faith I was able to prove them wrong. By the way, its not about proving them wrong, its about the fact that maybe us in our adult lives don’t know it all. Maybe we should stop listening to our limited self belief and start to listen to the youth and their belief and their faith. If we as adults had the same belief and faith as kids do, we really could become whatever we wanted to be. People keep doubting me in my life and I love it. Adults keep doubting me in my life. When will some choose to listen? Maybe we as adults have been sold a bag of goods that is false. We have been told that its ok to dream when you are kid and go after it but when you get older and you hit the real world you better be realistic and play it safe. Why the heck would you EVER play it safe?
Wow, what we could accomplish if we just dreamed like we did as a kid. We wouldn’t just live a good life, we would live a great life. I want a great life. I want to know that as I get to the end of my life, I took chances, believed in myself, went after what I wanted, and chose to truly challenge myself. Maybe we all need to live with child like faith. Maybe we all need to stop listening to our fears and lack of self belief which based on our opinions and experiences and actually start listening to the kids around us who have all the belief and faith in the world. If we did that, maybe just maybe, we could create the life we truly want to live.
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter