Safeguard Your Child-Heart
Regardless of your age, let this October 31st encourage you to add to your life that children’s occupation of play! I personally try to include it as part of my daily routine, and I encourage you my reader to do likewise. While appearing to be a waste of time, it is actually emotionally, psychologically and spiritually healthy. However, be forewarned it requires more discipline than physical exercise and lacks any sort of authoritative encouragement.
You can imagine my surprised delight to find strong approval for my childlike activities from a wisdom master, Confucius (551-479 BC), who said, “The great man is he would has not lost his child-heart!” I however rephrase this Chinese sage’s insight as, “Happy are those who have not lost their child-heart.” I do this because have you ever seen a playing child who wasn’t having fun? So those who haven’t lost their child-heart usually enjoy a happy lifestyle that doesn’t let the clock, their job or other duties prevent some childlike playful pretending.
Children’s play is rarely just fooling around. It is most often acting out a grown-up role with dolls or toy trucks as if already they were adults. Fantasizing the future isn’t only for kids because adulthood isn’t a static permanent state in life, but is forever fluid and changing. So use your child-heart’s imagination to create the kind of person you desire to be ten or twenty years from now.
If you neglect imagining, day-dreaming your future, you will be doomed to wake up some day trapped as a prisoner in disagreeable circumstances. This regrettable situation is the result of neglect and could most likely have been avoided by some creative pretending of your tomorrows.
If you are among those who have lost your child-heart, go out today to search for it. I suggest you will find it where you lost it, which most likely will be….