Why it will help to pay attention like a kid today

Why is the sky blue?

Why do I have to go to bed?

Why are there wars?


Why do people get hiccups?

Why do I have to eat my dinner before my dessert?

Why do people die?

Why do cats have fur?

Why do I have to go to school?

Why mustn’t you pick your nose in public?

Why do you always make that funny face when I keep asking you questions?

Kids ask a lot of questions.

It’s how they aim to make sense of the world (good luck with that one) but it’s entirely natural.

It can also be entirely exasperating at times for parents whose offspring clearly expect them to be experts in everything.

Let me ask you a question of my own, though, one fairly grown-up human to another.

Do you think that in general children’s answer-seeking makes them happy or unhappy?

I suspect it’s the former, don’t you?

When you’re preoccupied with attempting to understand life, you probably have little time left to mope and ruminate.

Noticing the world around you and attempting to work it all out is pretty much a full-time job for kids, who on the whole (you may have noticed) tend to take a positive view of life.

Of course, it would be over-simplistic (or would it?) to suggest that acting like a kid is a good mental health strategy, but I’m sure there’s value in remembering a few of the things you did naturally when you were knee-high to a grasshopper.

Rather than simply taking everything around you at face-value, why not relive the feeling of being intensely curious?

Study things as if for the first time.

Take notice.

Ask questions.

It’s what you did as a youngster, so what’s to stop you doing so again?

6 thoughts on “Why it will help to pay attention like a kid today

  1. When I was a child I would forget to eat at mealtime- I was so busy watching what was going on around me. I still find myself endlessly fascinated by people and why they do what they do as well by nature and how it works. In my yoga class the call it cultivating a “beginners mind” something I think I was blessed with naturally . In my head I hear my self saying “but why” often . My questions were never answered as a child so now I try to figure it out through observation and learning from posts like yours!

  2. Started to ride on a horse / pony in fact – when I was four. I don’t forget the wonderful
    smell of a horse – it’s special ( well, to me ) WHY has a horse got it’s own smell ?

  3. Nice piece this a.m. A good reminder that not only do kids wonder and ask, but then they are open and accepting of what they learn. There’s an openness we sometimes lose as we get older.

  4. Just run like a big kid, through the fallen leaves with dog….absolutely hilarious and exhilarating at the same time…big-kid-at-heart.comx x x

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