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Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus — child of God. So let’s give some thought to children and what precious gifts they are.
Do you make it a point to listen to your inner child?
Some people think that once they’re of a certain age, being child-like is… well, for children.
But there is a big difference between having a child-like approach to living, and having child-like emotions.
What does the word child-like make you think of?
- Being fully present and mindful – able to live in the moment
- Joyfulness and good humor
- Always ready to play, imagine, and engage
- Learns through play
- A carefree attitude, not worrying about the future or lamenting the past
- Honesty – telling it like it is
- Eternal optimism – faith, hope and believing the best of others
- Sharing emotions but not emotionally manipulating
- Expressing wonder and delight at the world around you
- Natural curiosity – questioning things
- Keeping an open mind- accepting different opinions and points of view
- Being non-judgmental. Enjoying people for their good qualities alone
- Having a good nature
- Being flexible and going with the flow
If your inner child wants you to loosen up and lighten up, then why not honor this?
Exercise 27: Honor your inner child.
Be grateful for the younger you who once was, and who still lives inside you.
- Summon your inner child when you feel like criticizing others.
- Summon your inner child when impatience rules your actions
- Summon your inner child when you become rigid in your beliefs
- Listen to your inner child when you meet someone new who is different from you
- Listen to your inner child when he or she needs someone to listen
- Listen to your inner child when you’re spending time with your own children
- Listen to your inner child when you’re thinking about problem-solving
- Listen to your inner child when there’s an opportunity to learn something
You were a child once. What were you like as a kid?
Write about the child you were. What were your favorite things to do?
- What types of thoughts did you have?
- Who was your best friend? What did you like about him or her?
- What were you good at, as a child? What was your personality, your beliefs?
Compare the adult you are today to the child you once were.
Is it possible for you to meet your inner child halfway? How?
30 Days Blessed Challenge
- Day 1: Attitude of Gratitude
- Day 2: Accentuate the Positive
- Day 3: Slow Down
- Day 4: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
- Day 5: A Cup of Self-Reflection
- Day 6: Give Thanks for the Simple Things
- Day 7: Hard Times Help Us Appreciate the Good
- Day 8: Nourish Your Soul
- Day 9: Surprise Gifts
- Day 10: Celebrating the “Moments between the Moments”
- Day 11: Take Your Cue from a Child
- Day 12: Appreciating the Wisdom of Our Elders
- Day 13: Grateful for Your Family in All Their Beautiful Imperfection
- Day 14: Commune With Nature
- Day 15: Grateful for Your Powerful, Miraculous Body
- Day 16: Grateful for Your Powerful, Amazing Mind
- Day 17. People with Special Needs Remind of What’s Really Important
- Day 18: Grateful for Creature Comforts
- Day 19: Honoring Your Mother and Father
- Day 20: Challenge Yourself to Live in the Present
- Day 21: Ode to the Bountiful Harvest
- Day 22: Be Thankful for Friends Near and Far
- Day 23. Happy About Your Life’s Work
- Day 24. Celebrating Beautiful Differences
- Day 25: Appreciation for Other Cultures
- Day 26: Beautiful Music Makes Life Worth Living
Loving Life — The Reboot!