Mostly we go through life growing up.
We get older. We learn from experience. We generally therefore get wiser. We get more aware, more tolerant, more reasoned. We have knowledge, wisdom and experience on our side. So we can make better decisions, better choices. We can be balanced, measured, sage.
A A Milne’s book “Now we are six” is a wonderful collection of children’s poems that ends with this verse…
When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six
now and forever
A child’s logic. A child’s wisdom.
The problem is we don’t stay six, now and forever. We become, seven, fifteen, twenty six, fifty one, seventy three. At each stage of ‘growing’ we take on more rigidity, more stuckness, more ‘one way’ thinking. Life experience actually binds us. We learn rules, habits, behaviours, beliefs which constrain our potential.
Take a challenge you face today. Maybe it’s about money, time, work, relationships?
How would a six year old face this? What creative, unbounded, imaginative solutions come from the naive, inexperienced, free mind of a child?
Anything is possible. Maybe adults should start growing down? Going back to the free, unencumbered wisdom of childhood.
Maybe we all need to stay six forever?