Childish vs. childlike.
There’s a distinction between childish and childlike. They interlink. But there’s a difference. Often we confused the two because we somehow decide that once we grow up we leave our younger core selves behind. There’s much to describe about mature and kid dish behaviour. Elizabeth Gilbert once again taught me these concepts. So I like to go into further detail about them for my own exploration.
Beforehand I have touched upon this topic in two articles via my blog
I talked about having traced of adrenaline that kept you a bit upbeat in your life. Not being treacherously bad but a tab of cheekiness in your system gave life some spice.
I then blogged recently about having a sense of something more than what we are told, to in this article:
What contrasts these two are as follows:
When we hold RESPONSIBILTY to our actions regardless whether we are conscious or unconscious of them, we become are free released from CHILDISH. When we are sensitive about a topic close to our hearts and we feel so much above board though we are seen as weak we are : CHILDLIKE. We fail to UNDERSTAND that we can still be STRONG AND BE SOFT. We realise we aren’t being CHILDISH, we are CHILDLIKE. Our core selves are bonded with innocence and wonder. We needn’t put behind all aspects of the. Self. Just because we feel we are too grown up to be that way.
Childish is having silly behaviours’ that your conscious doesn’t want to correct because you are far too pride driven to accept wrongdoing and ill manners. It’s the need to (no pun intended) to throw toys out the pram when things don’t go your way. It’s looking through the lens of an irresponsible person not accepting duty for wrong. It’s also picking on someone and laughing about something when you know it intentionally or even unintentionally hurts them.
Now, for childlike. Childlike is keeping humour. It’s also accepting wrongdoing but being mature about it. It’s also understanding that being grown up and growing old are separate agendas. Being adult doesn’t mean one must be adult meaning grown up all the time. It’s knowing when to be an adult, and then keeping things light sometimes. Just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean you leave your laughter behind. Only to those who lack understanding will think you’re childish.
A wise woman spoke to me a phrase that will keep with me for a great deal of time:
“You can’t be an adult and a child at the same time”.
Of course, how can one keep themselves a child when you’re in full grown adult armour? Well to be honest, this way you have the best of both worlds. Little girls can wear their mother’s high heels and lipstick, but really definitely they are still little girls. Even still a woman can dress in adult attire, still is a little girl, but has to face the fact she has to grow up and embark some adult behaviour. What this little girl has to learn is regardless what she wears or what she knows, she must keep the one thing that is her ultimate definition: her spirit. Her character.
It’s well important to keep yourself in the know. Which one at the moment is required of you? Sometimes different people bring out different sides to our characters. Some make you step up and put on your adult costume, others keep light and bring out your inner child.
Halfway between fantasy and reality> Cutting up illusion.
What’s more is what we do with it that really counts. It’s what we decide to keep and throw away, is what gives us our character. Neale Donald Walsh says it’s about what we create, rather than what we discover. We might find that we discover attributes about ourselves and we don’t necessarily like that. What we want to blow up in terms of what we would like to keep. Really, it’s about becoming conscious of your subconscious. This way we have the liberty to harvest those aspects that keep us feeling youthful. The parts that do more harm than good are the ways in which make us deflate our spirits more than inflate them. Joyce Meyer teaches the difference between flesh led and spirit led decisions. When you become spiritually awakened, you learn how to make a choice led by your highest power. When you make a flesh led decision it’s entirely limited to flesh and bones. In terms of character, you still have the liberty to make the decision then you have the freedom to truly let yourself be it. As long as it’s a handpicked by your spirit led self, you have nothing to be ashamed of.