Tuesday, March 06, 2012
The Bible tells us we should be like little children and generally we take that to mean trusting and innocent. I've decided little kids are tough and resiliant and that I need that in my life too. Every time I fall, literally or figuratively, I need to pop back up, dust myself off an move on. It is not a shame to fall. When I am not perfect on my diet or in doing as much exercise as I'd like, that's okay as long as I get right back up to following the healthy choices I want to make.
Little children are resiliant, too. They take correction and listen to others in order to learn. If someone takes them to task and disciplines them, they may cry and feel bad for a little bit, but really, isn't it more manipulation than genuinely feeling bad about being chewed out? They just decide not to do whatever got them into trouble anymore and they move on. I have not seen many small children engaging in self-flagellation! So when I have to face the music and admit that my choices have resulted in a negative outcome I need to be resiliant like that child and make a new choice and ... move on!
No I don't want to be a child again. I've suffered for what wisdom I have and of course age has its privileges. But I need to bring the best qualities of child-likeness into my life: trust and faith, certainly, but that resiliance and toughness of spirit is what is going to keep me making healthy decisions and moving on to where I want to be.