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How to Be Childlike

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

LOCATION: Toontown - Disneyland, CA

I have been plotting and planning on writing something on the topic of having a "child-like" mindset and I finally had the chance on writing it this week! Yay! 

So working for "The Happiest Place on Earth" has some pretty good perks such as bringing your loved ones to Disneyland or any Disney Parks and Resorts all throughout the world. This week I had a cool little local vacay idea and brought my cousins out to the park and just decided to abandon my worldly concerns, and just play.

Or I’ll sit and just watch them play, pretending they’re superheros or princesses or playing house or shooting each other with stick guns.

It never fails to leave me with a sense of wonder, of pure joy, of a return to innocence and a simpler time.

As grown ups, we’ve lost this childlike sense of life. And that’s actually a sad thing.

It’s not just about happiness and innocence either — being more childlike also helps us to be more creative, more imaginative, more innovative and open to worlds of possibilities.

Consider: as children, we are naturally imaginative, curious, able to play without a worry in our minds. Some qualities of young children that happen naturally:

  • they live in the present
  • they have no concerns about money, productivity, or being cool
  • there are no limits to their imagination, except what they’ve been exposed to
  • they play and lose themselves in play
  • they create with abandon
  • they are endlessly curious, and ask questions … without end
  • they love showing off to their parents

We could learn a lot from children. Sure, they have qualities we might not want, but in my eyes, they are already perfect. We don’t need to mold them into people, we need to be more like them.

We lose this childlike nature, the nature we’re born with, because of society — it has certain institutions and systems in place that beat childishness out of us, so we can be more productive citizens and consumers. I think it’s unfortunate.

We shouldn’t abandon all responsibilities, but we can learn a lot from children and be more like them in some ways.

LOCATION: Tom Sawyer Island - Disneyland, CA

How to be childlike?

We must first acknowledge that no change is instantaneous, that any change worth keeping takes time. But you can start today.

Start by deciding to abandon caution and to give this a try. Start by identifying the qualities of children you’d like to emulate: curiosity, play, living in the moment, abandoning worries, imagination, creativity, pure joy.

Observe children. Watch how they play, how they live, how they create, how they ask questions. Sure, sometimes they do dumb things like throw tantrums, but even in that you can see their pure abandonment of everything but what is happening to them right now. Watch and learn.

Play with children. If you have some of your own, great. If not, play with children of friends and family. Lose yourself in the play. Be a dinosaur, or a gorilla, or a villain. Have a joyous time. Make them squeal in delight, and feel free to do the same yourself.

Talk with children. Ask them questions. Answer theirs. Don’t talk down to them with baby talk, but don’t be too grownup either.

Play by yourself. Go outside and run around, jump, slide, kick a ball around, pretend. Forget about who might be watching.

Create like a child. Don’t be constrained with what people expect, what you’re used to. Be wild and have fun. Imagine that things can be different, that there are no limitations, and see what happens. Most of your childlike drawings will be tossed in the trash, but some might be put up on the fridge.

Be curious like a child. Look at things with a child’s eye, and ask questions you’ve never asked before, explore with a beginner’s mind. Don’t be afraid to ask why, and what if, and why not?

Live in the moment. Forget about all you have to do. Forget about what happened yesterday, or that conversation you had. Forget about that meeting that’s coming up, or those deadlines. Just do, and be.

See the world with new eyes. It is a wondrous place, a miracle happening every second, a source of immense fascination that can knock you on your ass if you let it. You are a miracle, and every moment you have is a gift. What will you do with that gift?

And last, if you have children, let them be childlike. Stop trying to make them grow up. Stop trying to shape them, criticize them, make them your own piece of clay, as Marvin Gaye said. Let them be, and enjoy the beautiful way they already are.

-AG

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” – Paula Poundstone

LOCATION: Pixie Hollow - Disneyland, CA

SIMULATE THE MIND

Positive Thinking Affirmations

Positive Thinking Affirmations – If we are constantly negative, we call even more problems into life, and so we are turning around in a circle. When we change thoughts and words, we open up a space for positive thinking.

List of Positive thinking Affirmations:

1. I’m turning my own ideas into actions,

2. I’m always in the right place at the right time,

3. Success loves me and always follow me,

4. I have my own reality,

5. All the wishes of my heart are realized,

6. I’m a magnet for money,

7. I always have clear and precise goals,

8. I love and accept myself,

9. I love myself more today than yesterday,

10. I love my work and I’m richly rewarded.

11. The Universe is conspiring on my behalf.

12. I’m not where I want to be but I’m willing to do the work needed to get better.

13. I am a multidimensional being of light that cannot die and do not fear death.

14. I accept my past mistakes and do not judge myself for them.

15. I have the power to create the reality I desire.

16. There is nothing that can stop me from achieving my dreams.

17. What others say and think about me is none of my business.

18. I have no room in my life for negativity.

19. I appreciate how beautiful I am as a person.

20. My body is my home and I am taking care of it.

21.  I am grateful for everything, the good and the bad because it has made me.

22. I’m making plans for who I know I’m going to become. All of this work isn’t for nothing.

23. Whats next is next. I have to take care whats in front of me first.

24. There is a bright side in every situation. I just have to be patient, breath and I’ll figure everything out.

25. Despite going through some dark times I’m going to remain optimistic because I know there will be better days for me.

26. This might feel good right now, but it isn’t good for who I want to become, so I’m going to have to pass on it.

27. I believe in believing. I know if I keep believing I will be able to bring what I want to my life.

28. It’s up to me to use the power of my mind to put my thoughts to better use.

29. No more waiting to get lucky in life. I’m going to come up with a plan to ensure that I get to where I want to be.

30. Change starts with me. I have the power to change what the world sees.

31. I am stronger than my impulsive thoughts. I am going to think this through so I don’t make a decision I regret later.

32. I’m able to be happy for people that aren’t in my life anymore when I see them doing well.

33. Even if I’m going through some difficult times, I can still be a positive force that shows love to the world.

34. I’m going to spend my time doing things I enjoy.

35. I love that I can feel myself growing and changing. as each day grows

36. The goals that I pick for myself help me want to wake up every morning to give my best.

27. I can be a kind person without letting people take advantage of me.

38. I’m going to use my time to do positive instead of wasting it on nonsense.

39.  I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

40. Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

41. Each moment that I put in work is another day that I get closer to accomplishing my goals.

42. I know it’s better for me to decide with a calm mind than high emotions.

43. My purpose comes from a place of compassion. I know that I’m going to find a way to help others with what I love to do.

44. I’m mindful of my future. What might be fun right now may not be beneficial for me in the future.

45. I know this is challenging but I am intelligent enough to get through this.

46. My ideas are good enough. I don’t need to seek out validation for them.

47. I love affirmations and because I love them, they work for me. That’s an affirmation, by the way.

48. I can adapt to whatever life throws at me.

49. I stay positive when negativity surrounds me. I share all positive things freely.

50. I experience peace and happiness. I know I’m a magnet for the goodness of life.

 

About Positive Thinking

What, in fact, means the phrase “what kind of thoughts are you, that’s your life”? Can we really, knowingly influence our thoughts, and at the same time affect our own lives?

Start the day by choosing to control your thoughts and your words. You can train your own mind. Affirmations or positive attitudes are one way. Affirmations are positive statements that describe the situation that we want to achieve. Their repetition improves life, raises confidence, brings serenity to your every day. They are efficient, simple and give quick results. They do not ask you for a special concentration, nor some great experience in the so-called. “Work on oneself”. When your subconscious accepts them, such a way of thinking will be implied. Your serenity, too.

When you formulate your affirmations, there are some basic rules that should follow:

Use “healthy” words. Do not use words like illness, sorrow, never, loneliness … A bad example is: “I cured my headache,” or: “I’m not lonely anymore.” Instead, use “healthy” words. A good example is: “My head is now completely healthy” and: “I have many friends.”

Be specific. Affirmations usually describe a segment of your life where you want to work (money, health, relationships with a partner, or something like that). Think of them more specifically.

Repeat Mode: In order for your affirmations to really have the desired effect, it’s important to talk them with full attention and lots of emotions. Enter into them the belief that they are already true, rejoice in them from the very depths of the interior of your being … Namely, if you do not believe in yourself, you will not persuade your subconscious. Then repetition of affirmations will be usually self-denial.

-AG

Become a role model

As the oldest of 3 siblings I have the power and nature to become their role model. I have been through a lot of challenges that I've battled and somehow defeated. Through all of the battles, I still fought through all of the adversity and the challenges. It's because I found the right role models and mentors to look up to. 

Always remember that you are in charge of your feelings, beliefs, and actions. And you teach others how to behave toward you. While you cannot change other people, you can influence them through your own behaviors and actions. By being a living role model of what you want to receive from others, you create more of what you want in your life.

Love you guys, and DO NOT ever forget to keep enjoying this beautiful journey that we call, "life." 

-AG

Location: Redondo Beach Boardwalk Pier, CA

Location: Redondo Beach Boardwalk Pier, CA