Over these past few months, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to spend a lot of time with my nephew and nieces Alhumdulillah! During this time, I’ve been observing them at play and how they keep busy with their many gadgets and toys. This brought a realization of how children see life, and made me discover how different life looks through the eyes of a child. Each day I was learning something magical from them, and I’d like to share these lessons from children with you.
Children forgive easily
No matter what, when you scold a child, a few minutes later, you’re their favorite person again. Children may feel sad, but they don’t ponder about this sadness for too long. Sometimes a child won’t even understand the problem, yet they will forgive it. A child’s heart is just that big! As adults, we get so cynical with age, that it hardens our heart and we do not forgive so easily. We should look toward a child and learn how to forgive again.
It’s not the end of the world
When a child gets hurt, even if it is painful, when they recover they get right back on their feet to do the same exact silly thing that got them hurt previously. They don’t worry about it happening again, they go and give it another try. When we fail in life, we’re so caught up by the fear of failing again, that it stops us from getting up and giving it another go. Just like a child, we should realise that it’s not the end of the world to fail, and that success is achieved by never giving up.
There’s beauty in everything
Notice how a child will always drag you this way and that way to see something big or colourful? Even if it’s something regular or they’ve seen it before, a child sees that something as extraordinary. Somewhere along the way, we’ve stopped gazing at the spectacular world around us – which is truly our loss. Take a moment to appreciate Allah’s (swt) Creation and enjoy the view like a child again.
The world is a playground
The creativity of a child is infinite. They’ll look at something insignificant and see it for something valuable. Whether it is creating a whole new story in their mind, or applying it to a make-believe game, children think outside the box, and have fun doing it! Somehow as we get older, we lose the value of what is important because we are so caught up in the pressures of life. We need to learn from children how to enjoy the simple pleasures that are sometimes, right under our nose.
Laughter is part of life
Children don’t need a reason to laugh. They laugh throughout the day for just about anything, compared to adults who need a real good reason to laugh. Children have the most contagious laughs too, it fills a room with so much happiness that it can lift the mood of everyone around. Something as simple as laughter, can bring a child immense joy and inspiration. How much more beautiful life could be, if we followed in the footsteps of these little troopers? Laughing with a child makes you feel young again and helps you forget your worries for a time.
I don’t know about you, but I think children have life all figured out by enjoying what’s simple. I guess we still have so much to learn from kids!
Author Sister Fatima – Studying journalism and memorizing the Holy Qur’an. Eloquent and beautiful words have always captured my attention, and when I read the Glorious Qur’an, it captured my heart. I believe that there are mountains of knowledge, but we have yet to stumble upon it. Every day we should learn something about our Deen… something inspiring, something motivational, and something interesting. My aim is to inspire and warm the hearts of others while I journey on this path of knowledge, and through this, I hope to get closer to Almighty Allah (SWT)