When we think of the word ''Teacher'' we tend to think of educators, wise elders, experts, academics, who pass on their knowledge and experience. I've come to believe, however, another type of Teacher exists- a teacher whom lessons we can learn from, despite the fact, they teach not through words.
They teach through their actions alone.
Curiously, this type of teacher has little experience of life, in fact, they've barely been on this planet
- yet - we have so much to learn from them.
This Blog was inspired by such a teacher, my best friend's baby, Lexie, who is only 17 weeks old and the most adorable, beautiful, bundle of joy you could ever meet! Having spent the weekend with her recently, I learned a lot (and not about changing nappies- this I managed to avoid).
These are my 3 Life lessons from my best friend's baby...
1. Communicate how you really feel
It's no secret, babies don't hold back. When they're hungry, they cry. When they're tired, they cry. When they're happy, they smile (and if you're lucky, give off a little chuckle).
Babies communicate how they really feel, simply + without hesitation.
We adults, well, we don't do such a great job at opening up about how we really feel.
We keep our feelings to ourselves for fear of being judged, upsetting people or being viewed negatively
Keeping our true feelings bottled up never serves us.
Be bold. Communicate how you really feel.
2. Live with Curiousity
Babies have an insatiable curiosity.
Their eyes scan around, attempting to make sense of each new environment. They are hungry to take in the world not only through their eyes, but their ears, eyes, and mouths too.
Sadly, many of us lose this appetite for exploring the world.
We drive to work the same way. We eat the same old foods, see the same types of films at the Cinema.
There is a whole world out there to explore. Try something different. Ask questions. Learn a new skill. Connect with your inner child by doing something the childhood you always wanted to experience.
3. Live in the present moment
Did you know? The only two fears you were born with were
1. The fear of falling. 2. The Fear of loud noises.
Everything else, you have learned.
Our fears pull us away from the present moment and into the future. Our regrets pull us back in the past. A baby's mind isn't full of neither fear or regrets, it's focused on the here and now and the opportunities the moment presents.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”
Teachers come in many forms. Lessons really are everywhere; in nature, in history, in others both old and young.
Thank you for reading,
I'm curious. Who or what was the best Teacher you ever had? Let me know by leaving a comment!
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