When you stop being close minded you realize that you can truly learn something from everyone. Regardless of age, color, gender or experience we all have some sort of wisdom to share. It's not about going out and looking for it but letting yourself soak it in when it has fallen directly onto your lap.
This weekend I flew to Orlando and Fort Myers Florida to spend some time with family. This was my five year old god baby's birthday present and I couldn't have had a better time being a kid again and also watching them turn into their own, sometimes little diva ways, other times very mature little humans.
So the wisdom I gained from this weekend was that kids are the most brutally honest people you will ever meet. They surprise you... at any given time, with any given thing. They watch you... always. No matter what you are doing, they observe you and want to be you. They always want to play... life's to short to be serious in all accounts. They want to be seen... because who doesn't? It's human nature to want and need to be noticed. They have their guard up... when you tell them not to smile (to cheer them up) when they are crying, they want to smile because it's fun but they don't want to give in, to let their walls down, to conform to what others want. Sometimes they just want to feel what they want to feel when they want to feel it, who are we to take that away from them? They want to give and receive love... hugs, hugs and more hugs.
This is why it is so important to focus on our behavior. People (especially these small humans) will follow your example not your advice. Actions speak much louder than words.
With that said, my cousin Cailin who is seven years watches my movement videos. She sees that I write Livin' the dream... on post its, with a sharpie, and post them anywhere and everywhere. So what is it she asked me to do when she first saw me? "Alexa do you have sticky notes and a marker?" After that, the weekend was history. She posted the same post it notes that I do EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE. She asked me to spell out the message once, the rest of the weekend she knew exactly what to do.
My point is, let's do more of this. Let's have more people follow our actions rather than our advice. If you keep all of this in mind you can train yourself to live a more positive action filled life and others are bound to observe and then follow. You not only are doing the right thing but then are rewarded by having the gratification of making a difference. That is priceless and I get the chills just thinking about it. These are the things that are going to make the world a better place.