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Life, Happiness and Kick the Can

September 24th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
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kick-the-canToday, when I was checking my email, I came across a great article that really got me to thinking about life, happiness and getting older.  The article was from Nicholas P. Kidd and Henk J.M. Schram who write a delightful ezine with a different slant called Evolution Ezine.  The article is called “The Greatest Advice of All Time.”

When we are children, life is grand.  We have time to play and learn.  Everything seems so brand new and hopeful.  When I was a child, my friends and I put on a lot of plays, rode bikes, and we were truly free to enjoy life. 

This weekend, we had a birthday party for my parents.  My father had his 88 birthday in August and my mother had her 83 birthday in September.  At the birthday party, my grand niece, who is 7 was there.  Have you ever just sat and watched a child play?  They lose themselves in their play.  Their imaginations come alive!  It brought back many memories of my tea parties with my imaginary friend named Laura.  I can see why Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Being a child might be the closest we will get to heaven on this earth.

There is an old black and white episode of the Twilight Zone that takes place in a elder care facility.  All the elderly residents are crippled with their infirmities of age.  Life is not fun for them.  They sit and watch the world go by and just seem to be waiting for the grim reaper to make his visit.  Some of the residents decide to sneak out at night and play “kick the can”, like they did when they were children.  In the morning there are less residents.  The remaining old people start hearing the rumor that the reason there are fewer folks is because those that indulged in “Kick the Can”  are growing younger at night by playing their youthful game.

Children know that life is only a game.  When we grow older is when we forget and start taking ourselves and our lives entirely too seriously.  As adults get so caught up in our careers and our relationships that we forget to play.  We become less animated, less trusting,  and listen less to the divine.  Do we grow old because we forget how to play, or do we forget how to play because we grow old?

I am going to keep this short today because I would really like for you to link over and read their article.  It is very good and very thought provoking.  Click here for their article.

Let’s set ourselves a goal to rediscover the child in us, before it becomes too late.  Goals are important as they are the things that can help keep us on task.  Don’t forget to check out the 7 day Goals Setting course

**A special thank you to Amanda Borders from Amanda Borders Photography for her picture “Kick the Can”.  You should take some time to look at her photo blog site.  She takes the most exceptional pictures of children I have seen.  She seems to capture their very essence in her photos!   She also has great commentary with her pictures  You can visit her site at http://amandabordersphotography.com/blog/page/3/ **


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