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How old is grown up?

Posted 11-12-2009 at 07:45 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 11-12-2009 at 07:47 AM by Sandra Bostwick
We're just getting started, so if any of you start to rest on your laurels, just forget it.
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There are all kinds of learning experiences.

You can call them alot of things: mistakes, failures, Boo-boos, owies, infringements, violations, the list goes on.

I think a risk comes when we start to identify with those things that we could have done better. When we start calling our mistakes character flaws, personality problems, ingrained habits, and other labels that lead us to believe that the mistakes are out of our control.

Another risk comes when we are resigned that something "is just the way it is". We might believe that a pattern can't be changed, or that we are stuck in a rut.

Very often, I'll hear the phrase "S/he should have known better".

Well, what if that person is still learning? What if they are taking advantage of the fact that we grow up right until the moment we drop dead?

And I mean literally! I've worked in settings where I was there for people who had no family near the end of their lives. I have to say, some of the insight and growth that I witnessed from people, even at the age of 100, was astounding. I think that is why I can always hang onto hope when I see mistakes I've made.

I'm not all grown up yet! I'm still learning.

I challenge those who may be still learning to give themselves the kindness and patience that they might offer a child.

If something is not going your way, you've made a mistake, or you are feeling stuck, think it through as if you were young enough to deserve patience, guidance and more chances to make it right.

That is what I will be doing today. I hope someone out there will join me!

Have a fun day!
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    People think if you are an adult that you can't have thing as a child loves, like Disney stuff and parks, or curtain toys, if that the cast why grow up it no fun, since we learn everyday and take responsibilities I think I think when can have fun. I just call my self a big KID well I am a child to my parents or those who are a lot older then me. Plus we are not robots (even it can malfunction) it ok to goof up, but hopefully learn from it and try to do something else.
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    Hey Sandy, haven't been posting as much lately but wanted to let you know I was still here!

    I am very guilty of expecting other people to know how to act, or at the least the way I think they ought to act, and then I get so upset when they act "stupid". It is a lifelong learning process for me, I guess, to keep asking for patience and kindness toward others.

    I don't remember where I heard it from, but we all need to remember to try to put ourselves in others' shoes - we don't know what's going on in their lives and what is causing them to act the way they do. So that's where the patience part comes in.
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    Thanks for the updates, Todd and Christie!

    Christie, you bring up a good point. Not only do we have to be easier on ourselves, but we have to be easier on others!
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    I won't be grown-up until I hit 95, then I'll live another 60+ years perfecting what I learned... sounded good when it was in my head....
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    I agree. I don't think I wil ever really grow up!
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