Be like little children

by Andrew De Gabriele on May 29, 2012

I’m a big fan of Zen Pencils, so imagine my joy this morning when I woke up to find Neil Gaiman’s “When things get tough, make good art” quote in awesome cartoon form.

My favourite frame from the cartoon has to be the one above, of a boy in hospital, thrilled to receive a gift of art supplies. Children have such an incredible ability to set their worries aside and enjoy the little things in life. They are able to fly away on the wings of their imagination. They know how to create without judging themselves too harshly. They don’t dwell on the past. They don’t worry about the future. They are masters of living life to the full in the Now.

Be like little children if you want to be happy, is the advice we get from mystics of very differing traditions, from the Buddha to Jesus. What words of wisdom! Children are the ones to whom the world truly belongs, and it is our job and our duty to teach them to treasure their precious outlook on life and carry it on into adulthood.

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