3 Life Lessons From My Best Friend’s Baby
When we think of the word ”Teacher” we tend to think of educators, wise elders, experts, academics, who pass on their knowledge and experience. Men and Women who’ve lived life and pass on their lessons to younger generations.
I’ve come to believe, however, another type of Teacher exists- a teacher whom valuable lessons we can learn from, despite the fact, they teach not through their words and experience, rather teaching through their actions alone.
Curiously, this type of teacher has little experience of life, in fact, they’ve been on this planet no time at all – yet – we have so much to learn from them, regardless of our age.
This Blog was inspired by such a teacher. This Blog was inspired by my best friend’s baby girl, Lexie, who at 18 weeks old, is the most adorable, beautiful, bundle of joy you could ever meet! It’s funny, I’m a Personal Development nut and read countless Blogs and Books, watch all the educational videos about and continually invest in my personal growth, yet one weekend spent in the company of this lovely little lady and I feel I learned so much (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. Oh no! 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 their feelings, simply + without hesitation.
We adults, well, we don’t do such a great job at opening up about how we’re actually feeling.
We keep our feelings to ourselves for fear of being judged, upsetting people or being viewed negatively by others.
Keeping our true feelings bottled up never serves us, in fact, it’s dangerous.
Imagine for a moment though, a world where we all spoke from the heart. Where we openly shared how we felt- whether on top of the world or at breaking point. The good news is we can all play our part at this. Instead of saying ”I’m fine”, when honestly, we are not, let’s begin to say ”I’m not feeling so good, and I’d like to talk about it”. This takes courage but it’s in everyone’s interest as when you communicate your true feelings to those around you, you open up the door for them to do the same.
2. Live with Curiosity
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. Watching my Best friend’s daughter, I was stunned at how curious she was during her waking hours.
Sadly, many of us lose this appetite for exploring the world by the time we finish our formal education.