Childhood is for children. That means it is a time of innocence. Every child has innocence. Should you be responsible for taking the innocent wonder out of the life-experience of a child, you will have a lot to answer for when that child becomes an adult. It is not easy to ensure that a childhood is untainted in this day and age, but it is possible.
Childhood is short for most children these days, that is why it is important to cherish the idea of it. Again I will say it, if you cannot offer a child a happy childhood, why have one? That kind of a betrayal is sacrilege. Children are all born with hope. Love, and innocence too. If you choose to damage these faculties in a child, you can safely consider yourself a cruel person.
There are those parents that will live vicariously through their children, and this, too, tampers with the early experience that children should be having. Children need guidance, they do not need their parents to make their choices for them. Childhood is a time for exploration, for children to learn how to make sense of the world they have been born into. An adult is not able to make up a child’s mind.
The depth of your perception dictates your life experience. If you exercise your perception – shift your focus – from time to time, it does your opinions good. Perspective and perception are not the same. Perspective affects perception. Changing your perspective – your standpoint – is an effective way of exercising your perception. Do it often. The depth of your perception is directly proportional to the depth of your understanding of life. Spend time understanding life. It welcomes your curiosity.
You have a depth to your character. You have a depth to your feelings. You have depths of despair. All this is familiar news to anyone with the ability to focus inwards. Focussing inwards allows you to see deep into your meaning. It is important to know what you mean in this life. Your life is not some random event. Do not forget this.
Think of living as being the ocean. There are swells, waves, Bermuda Triangles. Creatures. The deep. You can choose to go in, or not. Should you be standing at the edge, about to take the plunge into turbulent waters, know that there could be death lurking. There could be. A lot depends on how well you swim. If you cannot swim, you should learn.
If you have no support of any sort from any person other than yourself, yours is a very challenging existence. To have the support of another human being, group of human beings, validates your life experience. It is good to know that somebody cares. Know that when you are in need of support, it is best to ask for it. This is not easy for many people – there are a lot of us who find it difficult to ask for help. Occasionally you will come across a person who offers you support without expecting anything in return. This is a precious gift. Receive it with grace if it should come to you.
If you are not feeling particularly useful at the moment, try being supportive to someone. It will make a difference in their life. Instead of standing and watching a person struggling, step in and take their hand. Lift them with a kind word, an observation. Sometimes people just need to know that someone can see their strife. Burdens shared – and face it, we all have burdens to carry – are loads lightened. Be aware of how much support you are prepared to offer. Do not get caught in the trap of becoming someone’s crutch. Taking someone else’s life-load on is not advisable. Not only is it cruel – it takes away the liver’s ability to make decisions that will change their fate – it is counter-productive to your own progress. You do not get anywhere on your life path by trying to bend straight another’s days.
Know that Nature supports you. She supports your every move. She listens, she hears. You should speak aloud your heart’s desires. They are not only for thinking about. They are for realising. Your human nature makes it possible for you to reach and live your dreams. You just have to need them enough. There are many wasted dreams lying in piles of want. Want does not always get. Need doesn’t either, but need drives you harder than want does and this makes success more likely. Make sure you know what you need in your life. Do not accept that your needs are less important than another’s needs. Your wants, yes. They are perhaps less important than the wants of others. Needs need to be met. Make their acquaintance. Take their demands seriously. Show support for their cause.