To be truly wise is to cultivate our inner child
Reading the reflections of my students about their college journey (and in effect, their coming-of-age stories), I realize how challenging it is to discover one’s authentic self especially when during our teenage years, we are prone to seek external validation and emulate role models.
It takes time and courage to really reflect and explain who we are and who we are predisposed to be. And since we are always in progress, we cannot afford to revel on a static or snapshot understanding of ourselves.
So, maybe, the challenge of understanding our identity is about cultivating the inner child within us – to be honest about what pleases us, what makes us hungry, and to live more in the moment (rather than in the past or future). And to do so, we need a group – a family or community – that will enable us to do so.
We all need that support system that will reprimand our childishness while enabling our inner child to grow.
Matthew 11:25-30. “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-190: JULY 9, 2023]