Do you remember that sliver of time, when you were a kid, where you were free to share random thoughts? That brief period where no judgment existed, and together we laughed at everything? Lost as quickly as it was found—a fleeting span in life—I can barely remember how old I was when I momentarily lived in this freedom.
I was reading an article that triggered a memory of childhood laughter. An exercise was given to first graders: fill in the blank and complete the proverb. For example, “Better late than_______.” or “You can’t teach an old dog_______.”
So I decided to play the game amongst friends. The instructions were twofold:
- Complete the sentence with the first thing that comes to mind.
- Allow yourself to be fully you—laugh or not—freely share your emotions.
We blurted out responses and because we were unabashed just knowing that there were no wrong answers, creativity returned, one chuckle at a time.
And the child in each of us came out to play.
When did we lose the ability to view life this way—looking curiously at the world, and feeling lighthearted?
Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18: 2-3 NIV.)
I want to rediscover spontaneous laughter and childlike wonder. Don’t you?
And while it’s necessary to mature, we can still let innocence bloom in the heart.
Today I’m going to twirl, laugh, and choose to see afresh. I’m going to fill in the blanks as the answers come. Not worrying about the solutions.
Seriously, I hope you’ll join me.
Together, let’s really live.
Here are my proverbs:
You can’t teach an old dog…not to pee on the deck.
Better late than…it’s just better being late.
Click here to find the list of Proverbs and then share your favorite with me.