Photo by Mallory

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Monday, January 22, 2018

How's Your Life Going?

"The greater part of our happiness depends on
our dispositions, not our circumstances."
–Martha Washington

Is your life simple or stressful? If your life is stressful, can you ever get back to simple? These days the world seems to expect everybody to multitask—do more than one thing at the same time. Do you ever feel like you're barely staying ahead of a full-blown crash of your life?

Some of us probably would enjoy a life of simplicity. A little child’s life is an example of simplicity. Children can fuss one minute and then a while later are the best of friends.

Seems like once we become adults we’ve learned the words disagree, dislike, argue, and unforgiving. We adults find it easy to remember hurt feelings; unlike little children, we hold grudges against those who have hurt us.

Have you watched how simple a little child faces each day? How they probably don’t remember having their feelings hurt? They embrace everyone, trusting and laughing. Little children who are cared for are happy every day (unless they are sick).

They usually get along with anyone who pays attention to them. Little children are unaware of all the bad around the world; they look at the world through innocent eyes that yet don’t know evil.

We can look at little children and find innocence. Knowing what we know in maturity, some might wish to turn the calendar back a ways and start again. The second time around they might keep that simple innocence that brings such happiness to little children.

An old song sung by the Statler Brothers goes like this: “Life gets complicated when you pass eighteen.” The song tells of the adult lives of members of a high school graduating class—how well some have done and also how some have led miserable lives. 

The truth of that song is that life does get complicated when you outgrow your childhood. And to become responsible citizens, we must at some point, leave childhood behind. However, through the small children in our surroundings, we can sometimes experience childhood again, if only for brief periods of time.

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