Thursday, June 06, 2013

How pride gets in the way of having fun

I've the fortune of teaching very young children in a group setting. From there, you'll learn a few things by observing how they interact with each other. There was an incident where two best friends are arguing over something. It could be trivial to us, but for the children involved, it must have meant the world. This is because one of them said in anger, and perhaps with a bit of tears in his eyes, that he'll never talk to the other one ever again. Such harsh words. Never is a long time.

Perhaps not too long. In less than 2 minutes, they are talking again. In less than 5 minutes, they are laughing and playing like nothing had happened before.

It makes you wonder how come small children can swallow their pride and concentrate on what really mattered to them - having fun - but adults couldn't. If pride gets in the way of having fun, screw pride.