You may be a parent, an expecting parent, a sibling, an aunt or uncle or simply have friends with children. Whether you have much experience with babies or not, you will still undoubtedly be aware of the transformational force with which babies come into the world.
They turn worlds upside down; they both enrich and complicate lives. They can create chaos as well as calm. They can prove the source of uncontrollable anxiety and fear, but indescribable happiness and contentment too.
Basically, babies are a complicated business. But why all the baby talk?
What many people fail to notice about babies is that they not only impact the lives that they come into, but they can also prove inspirational teachers to us all.
Here are some interesting lessons that we can all learn from the arrival of a newborn:
Aside from being fed, changed and kept warm; a baby’s happiness is not dependent on anything or anyone. Unlike adults – overwhelmed with choices, information and opportunities in which they search for reasons to be happy – a baby’s innocence is enough for them to be happy.
The innocence of a newborn and the happiness that they find in the simplest of things should prove a reminder to us all to perhaps tune out now and again. Hold off on our dependence on the material things for a while and allow ourselves to experience happiness – ‘just because’.
2. 100% Trust
For a baby, everything is all or nothing. A newborn will instinctively trust you 100%, they are fearless in their reliance on you. They look to you for protection, for care, and never for a moment do they doubt your ability to provide it.
Learn from the beauty of their trust. When you trust someone, trust them 100%. Go in with your whole heart. This is what can create the foundations for longer-lasting, more loving relationships.
3. When someone threatens your peace, move to restore theirs.
Anybody with a newborn or that knows new parents, can see that welcoming a baby into the world is tough. Raising a baby undoubtedly has its stressful moments; the sleepless nights, crying and constant nappy changes. You deal with them in the best way you know how – you cradle them, feed them, do whatever you can to help them feel loved and content once more. As they begin to settle, so does your own sense of calm and well-being.
There is a lesson to be learnt in this for all us; when someone threatens your peace (at any age), do what you can to restore theirs. Works like a treat every time.
4. Live in the moment
Life is fleeting, but it can be difficult to truly understand this notion until you have spent time with a newborn. The arrival of a baby can give the concept of time an entire new meaning. They require you to slow down, to adapt to their rhythm of life; a rhythm much slower and more primitive than ours.
When you are forced to slow down in this way, you begin to notice how precious time and the moments that we are given in life truly are. As adults we can remain unchanged for years at a time. A baby changes every single day – within six months they are pretty much unrecognisable. Let this remind us to absorb every moment that we have.
5. Unconditional Love
A baby’s love is unconditional; the purest, more precious form of love that any being can ever know. So ask yourself, have you done enough in your life to love unconditionally?