The word holy has the Proto Indoeuropean root *kailo-, which means “whole, uninjured.”
Children are whole. They are, what they are. They are authentic.
Children are like sponges. They soak up everything they perceive and experience in order to grow into their environment. They are open and trusting.
There is nothing more beautiful than watching a small child explore the world.
Children permanently ask ‘why?’ and ‘why not?’ with their all their senses and they listen to answers. This makes them grow physically and mentally at an enormous speed and brings forth their joy and deep satisfaction with life.
It may appear paradox, but …
… true contentment with life comes from
never being content with what you have achieved so far.
Children are like that. They are not content with crawling, but want to stand, walk, and run. They are not content with somebody giving them a hand while walking, they want to walk alone. They are not content with being fed but want to feed themselves. They are not content with grunting and stammering but want to speak all the languages that they hear. They are not content with what they know about something but want to find out more. They are not content with what they reach but want to reach what is out of reach.
Children always want to know more, achieve more, reach more. They incessantly want to grow.
The power behind this is their ravenous curiosity.
Growing from curiously exploring the world
is the true nature of humans.
But this truly satisfying life stops when children get older.
It stops because they copy their parent’s lifestyle. It stops, because they hear that they should be content with what they have.
This is a really silly statement that is not only against the nature of humans, it is against the nature of life as such. (See my post “If We Don’t Grow, We Wilt.”)
The life of adults is full of rules, programs, and limitations. Children learn to lead such a life.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
This limited life is denoted as the “serious side of life.”
Did you ever question this phrase? Why should life be deeply satisfying only during childhood? Why should the life of an adult be serious, problematic, and limited?
I made the following experience:
In 2011, I decided to get free from my programs. Since then I diligently go through the process of finding and mastering my programs. Today, I lead a life that is completely different than the life I led before 2011 – and I experience the deep satisfaction and joy that I had when I was little. Watching children and learning from them has been an important part of my journey!