Look up "child-like qualities" and you find a treasure trove of wonderful characteristics, many of which are listed below. Unfortunately for many of us, most of them are left behind in our youth due to conformity to the educational system and the stresses of growing up, often in dysfunctional homes, as well as adult life.
Yet these attributes are such a delight to us at any age that we in recovery try to live the adage "It's never too late to have a happy childhood". We take the time to laugh and cry, play and pray, and to dance and sing no matter what our age is. Scan the list and pick some that have special meaning for you.
How can you realize these in your day to day life? Perhaps a toy or two (or twenty or thirty!) you can get for yourself you always wanted as a child you can at least see if not play with from time to time. Some folks have boxes full of toys, shelves full of sidewalk chalk, closets full of costumes, and garages full of bicycles that they share with friends at retreats, picnics, and parties. Go for it! It's your turn!
Curious, Creative, Imaginative, Excited, Adventurous, Exploration, Interested, Energetic, Passionate, Confident, Trusting, Innovative, Joyful, Loving, Fully Alive, Happy, Wonder, Amazement, Authenticity, Honesty, Observant, Present, Persistent, Open Minded, Open Hearted, Emotional, Innocent, Generous, Content, Daring, Playful, Optimistic, Cheerful
“Adults are just outdated children.” Dr. Seuss
“There is no keener revelation of a society’s soul than how it treats its (inner) children.” Nelson Mandela
“(We) Children are likely to live up to what (we) you believe of (ourselves) them.” — Lady Bird Johnson
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, we forget that he is someone today.” Stacia Tauscher,
“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” Jess Lair, author
Children are natural zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment. –John Bradshaw
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
The soul is healed by being (with) children. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything. – Giacomo Leopardi
Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. — Oliver Wendell Holmes
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. – Walt Streightiff
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged. – Rabindranath Tagore