My DH and I were talking at dinner the other night about our lives as creative types and differences in the ways we perceive things. As is often the case, our discussion covered a wide range of possibles from the highly sensitive person to the mundanes who don’t understand us to the different modes of perception (he’s visual and I’m verbal). My DH said he thought that neither he nor I had ever lost the ability to be a child.
Children perceive the world differently from adults. Whether you are a writer, an artist, a laborer or scientist, I think all adults should remember to be a child, at least once in a while.
“All children are artists.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
~ Pablo Picasso
“Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again.” – Eudora Welty
“What are the conditions of the creative attitude,of seeing and responding, of being aware and being sensitive to what one is aware of? First of all it requires the capacity to be puzzled.
Children still have the capacity to be puzzled.” — Erich Fromm
“As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe
continues into adulthood.”
~ Jim Henson
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” ~Albert Einstein
“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” ~William Stafford
“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Children don’t have to be told to believe in heroics or heroes. They live their fantasies.
“Like a forgotten fire,
a childhood can always flare up again within us.”
~ Gaston Bachelard
So play, imagine, be curious, see the world with awe through child-like eyes. Believe. Being a child, for just a little while, can change your world.
I’d love to hear from you. Please share. Do you take time to be a child? How does being a child help you as an adult?