The Kingdom of Ideas
Wiferd A. Peterson

  

To enter the Kingdom of Ideas, become as a little child.

"There is nothing more resembles God's eyes," wrote Nikos Kazantzakis, "than the eyes of a child."

A child has wide-eyed interest in everything.  As God did, he looks upon the world and finds it good.

A child does not block the flow of goodness into her life by thoughts of fear and prejudice. Her mind is as open as are her eyes.  She experiences the wonder of life.

A child is an explorer.  He is curious.  He wants to know what is on the other side of the moon, or the room.  He investigates things to find out what they are and how they work.  He asks questions.  He loves to experiment.

A child lives in the world of fantasy where all great ideas are born.  It was probably a child who first dreamed of flying through the air, hearing voices and music from the sky, penetrating to the ocean depths.  Before the reality comes the dream.

A child has the magic gift of imagination.  She sees things that aren't there.  She creates in her mind the kind of a world she wants to live in.  She visualizes things as she wants them to be.

A child has freshness of response.  To him the world is ever new and full of miracles and adventures.  He reacts spontaneously to the discoveries he makes each day.

A child follows the simple way.  She does not become bogged down in the complex and the obscure.  She is natural, direct and genuine.

A child is confident.  He has not learned all of the reasons why a thing cannot be done.  He ignores obstacles because he does not know they exist.

This we learn from the child:  The more childlike we are in our approach to problems, the more creative we will be.  Try the fresh approach of a child.

Sometimes looking deep into the eyes of a child,
you are conscious of meeting a glance full
of wisdom.  The child has known nothing yet
but love and beauty.  All this piled-up world knowledge
you have acquired is unguessed at by her.
And yet you meet this wonderful look
that tells you in a moment more than all
the years of experience have seemed to teach.

Hildegarde Hawthorne

  
   


 
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