Several countries around the world celebrate children’s day to honor their nation’s children. United Nations’ recommendation for a ‘Universal Children’s Day’ is on November 20th ; India coincides its celebration of children with the birth date of its first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, on November 14th. I feel blessed to honor children through my work, all 365 days of the year!
As a family therapist, if I were asked to describe the transformation process of therapy in simple terms, I would say that it is nurturing our human ability to get in touch with 'the child within’– the natural ability to be in the moment and present, the power of experiencing sheer joy for no apparent reason, the unexpected candor, the unconditional spontaneity, the boundless curiosity, the guileless simplicity, the timeless wonder, the unbridled imagination, the trust in endless possibilities, the state of ingenuousness, and natural transparency in thought, emotion and action.
So as we claim the responsibility to promote and advocate for the welfare of children, our most important worldwide asset, let us make a personal commitment to access and celebrate the child within us, heal and grow from the inside, learn to be authentic and trusting and unshackle ourselves from the chains of ‘busy-ness and unnecessary cynicism!