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Wednesday Word: Lessons

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Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so “safe,” and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid—that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.

―Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X


Children give us many opportunities to learn lessons—lessons such as slow down, listen and just be. Children teach us pure unadulterated joy, uncensored emotions, and the irrelevance of time beyond just here and now. Children speak their minds and wear their emotions on their sleeves. Children love the outdoors winter, spring, summer, and fall, rain, hail, wind, and snow. Children read the calendar in terms of today, not yesterday or tomorrow. Regret is not part of their repertoire of experience. If only adults would heed the lessons of children, what a better world this would be.