Picking the brains of a child isn’t exactly in the textbook of finding the pathway to success and, ultimately, fulfilling your dreams. In fact, we, as a society are almost encouraged to do the opposite; children should respect their elders and listen and, in turn, will become the innovative and creative members of our community we need. I pose a question now that may not be all too familiar with anyone really; when was the last time you asked for advice from a child?
Now I don’t mean go out and ask for ways to solve the world’s financial problems nor do I feel you should be encouraged to seek assistance in solving your relationship troubles. Please, don’t take this literally; just take it on board. Children are inquisitive, they see the world in a different way to us ‘grown ups’, they leave grey area behind and push open the doors of honesty, logic and more. What we fail to recognise as stress-free in the decision-making world is pure black and white for children. The process will unfold in almost any situation. We give a child choice and they will surprise. Give them opportunity to impact and they will shine. Empowering kids inspires all and, although it’s hard to admit, they more often than not create magic far beyond our very own capabilities.
Learning works in many ways, everyone does it. A teacher, a mentor, a coach, a peer; there’s no formula. We do know though, that shared knowledge is best. For those that know all, you may not understand that seeking the advice, ideas or even just simple clarification of others not only consolidates your own understanding to new levels, it also enhances the enjoyment of any learning experience, for it becomes inclusive and empowering. What a reward. Fun!
So, when you look at a child, the limelight of our lives, is there a better source of unconditional devotion? It would be remiss of them to give you anything other than the honest truth. And sometimes that’s all we need.
Finding the ‘fork in the road’ occurs for all of us, in many areas of life. Trust your gut or follow your heart, great advice right? I advise you to take on a new way of thinking when making a decision. Make it together, it’s on you, but seek help from our minors, they have truly magical minds. Try it out. Give a child the responsibility and independence. Give them choice and reap the reward.