“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t loose it.” ~ Robin Williams
PHEW! Summer is in full swing here in Maine.
I’m a little embarrassed to say how long it’s been since my last post – about month or so – yikes! And I’m gonna go out on a limb right now just to say working from home (with 2 children on summer break) has become quite a difficult task. A typical day goes like this: just as I sit down to check email and complete a few tasks on my never ending list, one of my kids needs me for something – whether it’s a snack, just to say “I’m bored”, help take apart a lego piece, to reset the wireless so they can get on their iPod, etc, etc, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, the benefits to working from home far outweigh the negative aspects, so I’m really not complaining here. But if any of you have ever had to step out the office to work from home with your kids there, it can become a never ending battle of interruptions and nothing getting done.
It’s not like I can close my office door and set my phone to DND…it just
doesn’t work that way (although sometimes I wish I could).
But, all interruptions aside, I really do love having my kids home during the summer. It has offered so many opportunities for us to visit places we have never been before and experience new things together as a family. Growing up, I was able to stay home during the summer and I it was the best feeling ever. There’s no alarm clock and nowhere to be – you just wake up and figure out the schedule as you go. Being this is their first summer staying home instead of going to daycare or a day camp, they are loving the summertime freedom too.
This summer has been challenging at times, but at the end of the day a learning experience for us all. It has taught us to be in the moment, set aside all schedules and just go with the flow. It has taught us that every moment of every day does not need to be set in stone. Sometimes it’s best if you leave the schedule open and do what you feel like doing at that moment, because it’s those moments you will remember for a lifetime.
I hope you are able to step back from the schedules and have
a few go with the flow moments this summer too!
If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
Forget about seminars, webinars or trade shows – we can learn the most from children! Let’s think back to our childhood when everything was simple; when every new experience was in one word…AMAZING!
We are born with all the tools necessary to live a successful and happy life, yet somewhere along our journey some of these tools are forgotten. Now, consider your present life as an adult. Most days are great and end without complaint. But then there are the days when nothing seems to go as planned and your whole day is consumed with negative thoughts.
Do you think a baby even knows what negative thoughts are? Seriously, I can’t imagine a baby thinking “I hate the noise of this rattle, it is so annoying.”. Their thought process is much simpler than that – they think in the present moment. There are many things we can learn from children if we could just stop for a moment and pay attention. Here are a few that come to mind:
1. Stay Curious
Ask questions! Kids are famous for asking questions! Who? What? Where? When? Why? At one time or another, you’ve heard any one of these most commonly asked questions by kids. Their brains crave new knowledge and information so they can continue on their journey to figure out life.
When you realize you’ve lost the urge to think creatively or question your purpose, your world quickly becomes just you inside a box – extremely boring. Kids are very passionate about life and nothing stops them from living in the present moment. Learning is always fun so why not incorporate this into your life every day. Don’t be afraid to stay curious – it will only enhance every situation in your life!
2. Keep An Open Mind
Be positive even when you feel like you can’t. Smile even if it hurts. Doing these things every time you feel down is certain to bring you back up. Adults tend to focus more on what we have learned allowing for a very limited view on life, also neglecting the possibilities that could empower us to achieve more.
A child’s brain on the other hand is open to new opportunities to learn new things and experience delight in the world. Tapping into this open-minded thinking is an easy way to improve your life in both a personal and business aspect.
3. Laugh – A LOT
Go ahead, make a funny face or noise and you are guaranteed to get a child to laugh. Do the same thing to your boss, and well, maybe not the same reaction. Kids are always looking for a reason to laugh and be happy. Just the thought of a baby giggling is sure to make anyone smile.
It would do us all some good to take away the schedules, deadlines and commitments and laugh a little more. The time you spend seeing the humor in life will only have a positive outcome for when you get back to work.
4. Never Quit
Try and try again. At any given time in a child’s life, they are working towards a milestone. Whether it is sitting up, crawling, walking or throwing a ball – these are huge accomplishments if you think about it. The persistence it takes is unimaginable.
So imagine a baby giving up on walking? Never gonna happen! They have it in their mind that they can accomplish anything – they have no doubt. Believe you can achieve greatness, because it all starts with YOU! Put in the effort and everything is sure to fall into place.
You see, children are certainly a valuable learning tool we can all use as adults. We just need to take the time to observe children in action and we will all learn some great life lessons.