Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | April 27, 2016

Spiritual Living: What do children know that we don’t?

Two children who did not know each other were playing at the park. Little Mary fell down and began to cry. Four year old Ryan ran over and hugged her and gave her his favorite toy. Then he stood back and watched as Mary’s mom consoled her. Satisfied that she was okay he returned to play.

Jessica and Alicia sat next to each other in the school cafeteria. Alicia couldn’t wait to eat because she knew her mother had packed her favorite sandwich. When Jessica opened her lunch she frowned because she didn’t like peanut butter and jelly. Alicia looked at Jessica and without hesitation traded lunches.

Bryan was counting the minutes to recess. The school had just added a climbing wall and he loved pretending that he was actually rock climbing. Rushing to be first in the long line for the wall he barely noticed his best friend frantically searching for his shoes. Knowing that he would now have to wait to climb if he didn’t hurry he still stopped to help his friend find his shoes.

Catelyn spent over an hour trying to find just the right toy to engage her two-year old son. She finally settled on a toy that made noise and flashed lights and was educational as well. Satisfied with her choice she ran home and surprised him with his gift. Her face lit up when she saw him smile as he began to push buttons and flip switches. After a few minutes she no longer heard the toy but instead heard banging from the kitchen. Dropping the new toy along the way, her son had made his way to the pots and pans cupboard and was contentedly laughing as he banged two lids together.

What do these children know that we don’t? Nothing. What they know they came into this world knowing. They know compassion and love and generosity. And they know the joy of simple things. We also knew those things in the first few years of our human experience. Somehow as we grew and were shaped by parents and mentors and events and just everyday life we forgot that we came into this world equipped to live spiritually.

Author Robert Fulghum contends that we learn everything we need to know in Kindergarten and advises us to apply those principles in our adult lives. Mr. Fulghum’s book shows us that we do learn great ways to coexist with others in Kindergarten. But before we even get there we already know spiritual ways.

If you want to know how to live spiritually today remind yourself of what you already knew when you came into this world and of what you learned in Kindergarten. Grab some cookies and milk and a copy of ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN. Go to the nearest park and observe the children.

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Kids know the joy of simple things.

 

 

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