Put Away Childish Things

It’s funny how some things stay with us forever, isn’t it? When I was at school each term began and finished with St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, from the King James Bible, which contains these words:

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

The religious aspect had little impact on me but the words and their meaning have always stayed with me. Little did I realise then how often they would resonate with my coaching many, many years later! U.S. President Obama also used them in his inaugural speech.

Impact of Stress

What I have learned through both experience and study since the 40 plus years since I first heard those words, is that when we are under stress of any sort, like a change imposed upon us, we sometimes resort to those childish things. We revert to comforting ways of behaving from our past, whether they are helpful to us or not.

So my coaching questions to you are:

What behaviours from your childhood are still helpful to you? (It might be a way of comforting yourself, your ability to make friends, how you learn new things and build your confidence)

What is it now helpful to jettison for once and for all? (It might be the equivalent of temper tantrums- anger you can’t always control, comfort eating, holding grudges, sulking)

What prism do you view the world through, your’ glass, darkly’?

And does love play a big enough part in your life?


Posted on June 7th, 2010 by

2 Responses to “Put Away Childish Things”

  1. I had to read the quote a few times to let it really sink in. It’s not often that happens – thank you for posting something which required reading and re-reading to get it.

    Often I choose to look at things through the eyes of a child again … with their guilelessness (is that a word) – their innocence and curiosity.

    I’ve jettisoned so many things over the last few years, but some are lingering around for a bit longer and I’ll get to them before I’m much older!

    • Jane says:

      Thanks Jackie, for stopping by. Yes, it was a bit deep today! Something made me think of those words just as I was awakening this morning. I often get my blog ideas then. The subconscious is amazing! Best wishes, Jane

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