The inspiration quote directly from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he like best?” “Does he collect butterflies?” They ask: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weigh?” “How much does his father make?” Only then do they think they know him. If you tell grown-ups, “I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof…” They won’t be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them “I saw a house worth a hundred thousand francs.” Then they exclaim, “What a pretty house!”…That’s the way they are. You must not hold it against them. Children should be very understanding of grown-ups.
Sprinkled throughout every day are hidden opportunities to help transform grown-ups from the ordinary, routine, and mundane expected conversations. Resist the urge to answer with “good” “OK” or an eye roll. Instead, give these adults what they want and then give them what they need. Answer their questions with respect: “I had a good day.” “I took 3 quizzes.”
Then enhance with your own personal imaginative gift, ” the hallways smelled of homemade pickles and the principal’s office smelled of licorice.”
(Respectful answer) “My friend has three brothers”
(Imaginative gift) “They all love to play sardines, but only one of them snorts when they laugh.”
Speak to the adults highest childlike wonder to reveal the extraordinary, the astonishing and the unexpected!
What made you uncomfortable today? Did you smell anything sweet? Weird? Did any clients speak in a little girl voice? How much does the couch weigh? What color was your breakfast?
Continue to serve the grown-ups in your life. There are always more conversations. There are always more openings. When you help each other transform from the comfort of mundane conversation to lively interactive and extraordinary dialog… and then share that with others, you contribute to elevating the world.
GO make a difference. Have that conversation. Let us know how it goes.
Have you read The Little Prince? What do you think of the quote and lesson shared in this post? How have stories and yoga helped you face difficult situations? Please comment below, thank you!
*Note* The above blog post is a guest blog from our friend Cheryl Crawford, Co-Founder of Go Grounded Yoga for Kids & Teens. This content does not necessarily reflect the views of Better World Books (as our lawyers make sure we say). We love having guest bloggers and invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in covering a book or topic on the BWB Blog. Thank you, Cheryl, Namaste!