Protecting (but not limiting) the child within us
A child has the license to dream. Naiveté and innocence are seen as endearing rather than a weakness.
As children come of age, somehow this license is revoked. Why do we, as a society, define growing up as letting go of our childlikeness?
We are keen to box and stereotype the young into a career or profession. And maybe it is with good intentions. Maybe we want to protect the young against the harshness of a jungle-like world.
But to box and stereotype is also to limit. Who are we to box and limit? Who are we to revoke one’s license to dream?
Our challenge is to protect and enable, but never limit, children and the child within us.
Matthew 18:1-5, 10. Feast of the Santo Niño
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-015: JANUARY 15, 2023]