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It’s Good to Be a Kid

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. When you watch children playing, notice how totally involved they are in what they’re doing, how they run everywhere they go. Notice how they are oblivious to future problems almost as if they have given themselves permission to be free and they show it by becoming totally absorbed in their play. To be more childlike, you don’t have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe.

Here’s what kids know how to do best:

Laugh!

The child in you, like all children, loves to laugh, to be around people who can laugh at themselves and life. Children instinctively know that the more laughter we have in our lives, the better. They will go out of their way to linger with anyone who makes them laugh, who can go along with their jokes.

Keep Fantasy Alive

Children love to dream, to make up stories, use their imaginations—and so would you if you’d let yourself. Remember how you loved to draw, make up verses, or songs, hear stories, make up your own games, wander aimlessly into your fantasy excursions with anyone who was willing to listen or participate? That rich fantasy life was not only great fun but also one of the healthiest aspects of your life as a whole. All of life’s best realities start with “childlike” fantasies.

Be Spontaneous

Notice how children are willing to try anything on a moment’s notice. The child inside you wants to be impulsive and adventuresome, without always having to plan things in advance. Spontaneity is in many ways the key to all childlike behavior. That ability to stop suddenly by the roadside when something interesting catches your eye leads directly to childlike immediacy and “wonder in the face of the world.”

Accept the World as It Is (Be Trusting)

When the infant comes into the world, it has no thought that the world can or should be any different from what it is. The infant just opens its eyes in wonder and fascination at what is out there and makes its way in that world as best it can. The child inside of you knows how to take things as they come, how to deal most effectively and happily with everything and everyone it encounters on this planet. If you can recapture that childlike essence of your being you can stay “forever young at heart.”

These glorious childlike qualities that can help you enjoy your life each and every day are no further from you than your fingers are from your hands. They are an inalienable part of you. If you really love that child within you, and really care to be a child again in the ways I’m talking about, you cannot help but be at peace with yourself.

When you have inner peace, you can do just about anything. Give yourself more of that childlike inner peace today, by letting yourself be that spontaneous, in-the-moment, fun-loving child again. Or, as Friedrich Schiller put it, “Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.”

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Comments (20)

  • 1.
    December 5, 2012
    7:46 am

    Hello Dr Dyer, People often say I can be silly. Well, thanks for enlightening us. I usually respond with, why not, silly keeps me young. Life is Sweet, and mine is full of fun! May your day be filled with laughter and silly too. Namaste.

    - Corliss (MizzC)
  • 2.
    December 5, 2012
    8:54 am

    Thank you for your contribution to making the world a better place! And congratulations on being named the Science of Mind magazine's Spiritual Leader of the year!! I am blessed by your courageous teachings and I have been inspired by your experience of CLL since I carry the same diagnosis. I am healed, whole, and healthy also.

    - Dave
  • 3.
    December 5, 2012
    1:28 pm

    When I think back on my many childhood memories, there were often moments when I was told I was wrong, stupid or unworthy. Sometimes I was harmed physically. I don't blame them now, but with each recall make a new, present decision that I was mistaken in believing their judgments about me. I get to reverse my old, otherwise uncorrected decisions.

    - Dennis
  • 4.
    December 6, 2012
    5:24 pm

    That's beautiful, love it, thank you <3

    - Shireen
  • 5.
    December 7, 2012
    10:18 am

    Thank you for the wonderful article. The 'follow the sun' article is very inspiring you! i was doing some of it instinctively but now im more motivated to keep doing it! thank you

    - keshtree
  • 6.
    December 9, 2012
    7:06 am

    Life goes full circle. We begin and end as children. NAMASTE.

    - Joseph Wadas
  • 7.
    December 13, 2012
    12:22 pm

    I just had my 68th birthday on Dec. 8 and I appreciate this article. I always felt that my name should be "JOY" and during times of my life the joy has tried to removed... but never with any success. I always felt like a child at heart. Will help in service to others.

    - Barbara
  • 8.
    December 15, 2012
    6:20 am

    Hi sir this is Phani from India i had completed BScIT from SMU. am planning to do MBA from american universities. But for this GMAT exam is mandatory i came to know that this exam is very tough and critical proven for attempting . Am really scared of it Please kindly assist me on this issue

    - phani
  • 9.
    December 15, 2012
    12:27 pm

    Dr. Dyer, 2 of my friends & I have been studying your Wisdom of the Tao for 3 yrs. now. I am starting over with the companion Living... every day and meditating on each. I appreciate you taking the time to write it the way you did.

    - Susan
  • 10.
    December 15, 2012
    12:30 pm

    I also wanted to say what an iinspiration you have been; I watch you on PBS, Oprah, and listen to your cid's. Thank you for allowing Spirit to reveal itself through you, as you. I watched you on Jack Boland's show many years ago.

    - Susan
  • 11.
    December 20, 2012
    4:03 pm

    I just wanted to say Thank You.

    - Kelly
  • 12.
    December 20, 2012
    4:39 pm

    Namaste Dear Dr! Thank you! LOVE this post; perfect for an invitation we wish to issue you. Would you be willing to 'be a kid' with us live for an hour?! New Thought Families is hosting Happy Heart Playdates intergenerational TeleSummit. KNOW you'll be there~ in Spirit! Expressing our divinity with playful creativity!

    - Laurie Story
  • 13.
    December 21, 2012
    5:14 pm

    Dear Dr. Dyer, Would it be possible that you may consider in the future to write a book for parents, and teach us how to apply this wonderful concepts while we face the every day challenges of parenthood. Warmly, Ceciana

    - Ceciana
  • 14.
    December 24, 2012
    4:30 am

    Dr. Dyer. I have been reminded of my purpose through your words. My 3 children reap the rewards of these ideas which you share, and I am reminded through them as well. When we return love, it becomes magnified! As I look into a mirror, a reflection is returned, but if I add just one mirror, the reflection is infinite.

    - mike
  • 15.
    December 27, 2012
    7:37 pm

    Dr. Dyer, For years I have felt that I was led. I did time management seminars some years ago and never prepared, the words just flow. I got away from all this and went back into the world using my ego as my guide, terrible problems anf failures including adiction to alcohol. to be contd

    - Siem
  • 16.
    December 27, 2012
    7:38 pm

    1 1/2 years ago I went into addiction treatment and everything came back, everything came together. My wife has dementia and I am her primary caregiver, I don't know how I could manage without my complete surrender to my personal "I AM". to be contd

    - Siem
  • 17.
    December 27, 2012
    7:39 pm

    The question is: "Is there any help for my wife out there, you speak of so many people coming into your life, you just recently came back into my life through WBEN - PBS in Buffalo NY.

    - Siem
  • 18.
    December 29, 2012
    5:04 pm

    Been following Dr Dyer and his teachings for several years and he has completely changed my life and my attitude!!! God Bless You, Dr. Dyer! I have learned so much from you and my life is so much better because of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    - Brenda
  • 19.
    December 31, 2012
    1:24 pm

    Let's honor the inner life of children and our inner children. WE met a couple of years ago at a talk you gave. You gave me permission to quote you in my parenting book. I would like you to read my manuscript and write a blurb for its cover. Please let me know how we can connect. Thank you. Live Inspired!R Nina Sidell www.inspiringcoaching.com

    - Nina
  • 20.
    February 6, 2013
    2:02 am

    Having asked the universe for help with my current state of mind i am being presented with the most precious lessons and guidance...much of it from Dr Dyer. Thank you Dr Dyer and thank you to the Universe for your love and selfless guidance.

    - phill

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