Ive been thinking a lot lately about all we can learn from the little people in our lives.
From eating to playing to friendship children have lots to teach us or, more aptly put, remind us of what we’ve forgotten we knew.
As our lives grow more adult-like & fraught with responsibility it’s too easy to morph into Multitask McGee and lose sight of the sheer bliss of simply being present.
When I was a career counselor (hello degree for which Im finally finished paying yet am still not utilizing!) I worked with women who were preparing to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus.
The first exercise I’d do with them was ask they create a list of dream jobs or careers.
I encouraged them to think *big* & write down everything no matter how seemingly far-fetched or impossible.
To my surprise, 90% of the women came up completely blank.
They couldnt think of one thing they’d LONG to do were the world to be their proverbial, non-kosher oyster.
In an effort to remind them of their passions Id suggestd they reflect back to their childhood and write down all that brought them joy from that time of life.
Jump rope, playing jacks, lemonade stands, bedazzling —-ANYTHING.
The results surprised both the list-creator and me.
Mentally returning to a time when exercise was all PLAYout not WORKout & life held zero limitations or parameters was eyeopening to say the least.
(& to say the most this exercise gives major clues to what your passions still are. In a career-rut? Looking to shake things up a bit in your world of work but dont know where to start? give this a try!)
Which led this woman and me to chat about & settle upon a fun post for next Friday August 13th.
We picked three words (EXERCISE, STRONG & SUPPORT) and interviewed the little people in our lives to see what their definitions of the words were.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join in the potential mayhem post as well.
Grab your child.
Snag a neighbor-kid, niece, nephew or any other willing little person in you can find.
And ask them what the words EXERCISE, STRONG, & SUPPORT mean.
Video tape their musings.
Jot down what they say & transcribe later.
Create an interpretive dance which symbolizes the information you received & bestow upon us a dancin’ vlog.
Whatever medium you choose please to share the info with MrsFatass & me next Friday on YOUR blog.
Methinks we (the collective. the royal.) just might (re)learn a thing or two & revamp our current ways of defining those words as well.
It was a bigbig clusterf*ck comedy of errors.
Ill be hitting you up with that next week.
Edited to say…you all have the better ideas. YES. If you are so inclined, and roll blog-free, interview the small people in your life and plop on your Face Book page. I always forget about the FB pages. Suffice it to say Im NOT Crushing It!! but you’ll have that…