Secrets Kids Know…
that adults oughta learn
By: Allen Klein
Lately, my days have been getting crazier and crazier. I’m working full time, going to school part-time, building a blog, and raising a family… AND studying for the Florida State Direct Disposer test (not an easy feat), all while trying to work on my physical and spiritual fitness. We won’t even start with the contract we just signed to build a house.
I plan, plan, plan… and organize, organize, organize… but I’m like a hamster running and running and getting nowhere.
Last week I was asked to review Secrets Kids Know… that adults oughta learn by Allen Klein. Allen Klein is a “Jollytologist” and has authored books such as The Healing Power of Humor and You Can’t Ruin my Day.
You Can’t Ruin my Day
The Healing Power of Humor
At first, I was a little apprehensive, I’m already spread so thin, and barely have time to finish my homework AND submit blog posts on time… how could I fit reading and reviewing a book in as well?
OMG… I’m so glad I didn’t get in my own way. This book literally made me cry. No, it’s not a sad book… it just spoke to me RIGHT when I needed it the most. The “secrets” kids know are what make the world a magical place.
I’m killing myself every day to be a responsible grown-up, and I’m missing all of the magical moments around me. I’m missing the “pure joy” that makes life worth living.
Klein quotes Hugh MacLeod, “…we are all given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then they take the crayons away during puberty and replace them with dull stuff like algebra and history.”
Allen Klein created a masterpiece with this book, and I suggest every adult (especially parents) read this book. It’s way too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind, and lose sight of the most important parts of life.
Yes, I still have to work hard at my job, with my school work, and this blog… but my mindset has changed after reading this book. Klein says creativity CAN be relearned!
I’m not going to stress about everything that has to be done… I’m going to be grateful for the opportunities and find the most fun ways to get it all done! I might not have time to color a picture, but I sure can take notes with different color sharpies!
As parents get busier and busier, we lose any chance to be creative. We move through life like zombies, and only notice the world when something goes wrong.
I highly recommend this book! It’s time we start looking at the world through children’s eyes and eat dessert first! Plus, I want my crayons back!
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