Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Contentment from a 9-yr old

We attended a birthday party of a friend's daughter.
The host invited all the children to gather. First game was "Guess the Riddle" wherein the host gives the riddle and the first child to give the correct answer receives a prize. The first riddle was given, Honey raised her hand and gave the answer. Her answer is correct. She collected her reward and return to our seat. I told her to go back to the game area as the game is not yet done. She just stared at me. Then comes the second riddle. I saw her smile, I know she knows the answer. I told her to raise her hand and answer again. She didn't listen. Then the third riddle, she still knows it.
"Ate, answer the riddle so you can get another reward", I told her.
"But I already have a reward Ma!, ang uban nasad!", she snapped.
("But I already have a reward Ma!, give others the chance!")

Now, its my turn to stare her. 
Silent. 
Thinking.
Was I teaching my kid to become selfish?
Was my action reflects discontentment?

I understand her simple happiness with the reward she received and for her its already a treat, already enough.

Then I remembered Moses' instruction on getting enough manna needed for the day yet the people didn't listen, thus the manna was spoiled. 

If only adults think the way like the children...
If only adults learn to be contented in small things...
if only adults listens...

...then life would have been simpler, more comfortable and fulfilled.
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17 comments:

  1. Aww! Galing naman ni baby mo! You're doing the right thing mommy!

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  2. Great nugget of learning from kids. Sometimes, we adults, should really learn from them. :)

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  3. Great nugget of learning from kids. Sometimes, we adults, should really learn from them. :)

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  4. That's nice! My son would've collected all the prizes hehe (:

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    1. even my son, di lang alam ang sagot...hehehe

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  5. Reminds me of the film the pursuit of happyness.. I agree with you, if only we can all see the world through a child's sight.. Things definitely would be less complicated.

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  6. Reminds me of the film The Pursuit of Happyness. I agree with you, if only we can all see the world the way children do.. Things will be less complicated

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  7. I always think about this, too. If we view life like how children do, with innocence, an open heart, I think the world will be a less harsh place.

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  8. Your kid is a good kid. You raised her well. God bless!

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  9. Woah, natamaan ako. I can be so greedy! Great wisdom coming from a little girl.

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    1. You have done a good job of raising her. Beautiful portrait of her too.

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  10. you are raising a good daughter :) nakaka proud sya.

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  11. it is true, we can learn so many things about life by simply observing + conversing with children. if we can only keep the kind of frame of mind, am sure the lot of us will be happier. my son also constantly reminds me about contentment.

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  12. Sometimes talaga, mas marunong pa ang bata sa atin eh. Ganyan rin daughter ko minsan eh. :)

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