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Living a Fisher-Price Lifestyle: Reclaiming our sense of wonder, discovery, and joy

This was inspired from my play time with my 7-month old son. Watching him interact with the world opened my eyes to how we grow as people. We start out our lives with inherent curiosity, interest, determination, and joy. And somewhere, through the years of development, sometimes we lose that. So how do we get it back? 

Starting with the end in mind

  • As people, we are inherently meant to be happy and curious. Ensuring that we live our lives with these principles helps us find our "meaning of life." 

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  • It is in our nature as humans to be curious and to find joy in learning and discovery. Having a brightly colored, cheerful, interesting outlook for our lives keeps us that way. 

My Story 

I've had a few different thoughts on this - I'm trying to decide what direction I want to take this talk, and really each story I pick to lead takes me to a different destination. (I see what Simon means by starting with the end ...) 

  1. "New Mom" syndrome - I really needed a textbook to understand babies, so I bought one. And I read how the first expression humans make is to smile (and usually unconsciously). Then my son smiled at me and I was so excited about it I cried. Then I thought, "when the last time I was that excited when anyone smiled at me?"
  2. I like to call my current living room decor as "Fisher-Price primary." Because an infiltration of these objects has begun in my home. All of these objects are designed to cheerfully teach my child very important things like color, shapes, rhythm, gross/fine motor skills, etc. But even more importantly, he loves to play with them. So the question becomes, "what are these toys teaching me?"
  3. My son started rolling over when he was 5 months old, and we started using his "activity gym" during play time. He loves it - he can reach for items hanging overhead, roll over and grab tags on the mat, things rattle, play music, light up, etc. And whenever he does something he wants - like turning and rolling to reach the duckie - he gets so excited, starts kicking his legs, and giggling. The ultimate in "Look what I can do!" I am constantly amazed - and wondered, "oh, that we could always look at our lives with such a sense of discovery and accomplishment. When do we stop doing that? Why do we stop doing that?" 

My Outline 

I. Story - TBD (leaning toward #3)

II. In the Beginning .... learning as a child 

     Which they do by playing .... fun. 

     And they smile, giggle, laugh .... learning is fun! 

III. A Child's World is constanly expanding

IV. As Adults - are we expanding our universe?

    The more we know, the more rules we have: Right/wrong, truth/fiction, fact/opinion, black/white/gray

    When we learn things, we put a box around it. We start knowing the answer and stop trying to find     new ones. 

   Because we "know" what should be right/wrong, etc. we aren't excited when the universe doesn't align itself to that truth. Now we have little left to discover and even less that's exciting. 

V. But We Can Change

        

    

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