On Twitter last night, I went on a long rant about children and the importance of healing our childhood wounds in order to heal the children around us which would therefore heal the world. Childhood is the foundation of who we are and how we relate to others, the assumptions and judgments we make about others.
It is interesting how easily we dismiss the children around us as second-class citizens when they are the ones who could be teaching us how to love and be honest and open with each other. Think about it. Children express their emotions immediately, live in the moment, use their imagination vividly and ask millions of questions about the world around them. Sadly, a lot of us, adults, do not do this anymore because we think it’s beneath us and we are over those days. We become cynical, bitter, depressed, angry and indifferent to the world around us. We allow our egos to take over and create this ideology that we know everything that we need to know about the world and we have to teach our children what we know about the world in order for them to be productive citizens. However, we forget that the children can, too, teach us a thing or two about ourselves and revive those child-like qualities that we desperately need right now.
As Michael Jackson said in his brilliant speech at Oxford University, we have to learn to spend time with and show love to our children (whether they are our children or not) and also forgive our parents for their shortcomings and teach them how to love through our actions.
This morning, I found a great video that showcases the healing process wonderfully with one of my favorites, Iyanla Vanzant on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Life Class. Watch below and have a couple of tissues with you because you might just need them.
If you wish to watch more clips from the show and other episodes from Life Class, you can go HERE.