Young children do not act, they simply are. They BE. So when someone says a child is acting “this way” or “that way”, they, I think, are misinterpreting the raw spirit that children are fortunate to have. When a child is hungry, they want food, they cry for food, they go to the pantry …When a child is angry, they scream, pout, throw a temper tantrum …When a child is tired, they sleep …When a child is loved, they return the love, give hugs, feel safe …When a child is curious, they ask, they drive you crazy … When a child needs to pick their nose, they pick their nose … and so on.
But what about adults? When an adult displays behavior that most find foolish or self-indulgent, they are deemed childish. Which, in retrospect should be a compliment if it also means their conduct is indicative of their true state of being.
And so, what brings me sit at this particular pointy spot on the fence pole … it’s like this … a while back I was in a situation which led me to act out my raw and undiluted feelings and whilst I was having my little episode, to some people I may have looked well, childish. Now truth be known, looking back I would agree that my “performance” shall we say, was a tad bit irresponsible. Not infantile mind you, but perhaps a bit rash. BUT. Would I take it back? No. I don’t think I would. Because sometimes, a genuine action, be it one that appears foolish, is sometimes an action worthy of being called foolish. Don’t you think?
Today’s society, I think, has placed too much credence in being politically correct. Or keeping the peace. Or swallowing pride. Or biting one’s tongues. People need to wake-up and be truthful … say what you need to say (no, I was not trying to quote John Mayer, but he’s got a point … even if your hands are shaking …) There is nothing wrong with expressing your real self. Now this does not mean you have the right to be rude or uncouth. We should, as humans, respect our fellow man. But there are times when we should also speak from the top of our thoughts, even at the risk of appearing childish. And then there are times that we should simply walk away. And I suppose, it’s knowing when to turn the other cheek and when to throw that temper tantrum that makes us adults, good adults.
Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt – In a crisis. “Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?”