Faith like a child: Rosilin K. Varughese at TEDxTrondheim

Faith like a child: Rosilin K. Varughese at TEDxTrondheim


Translator: Nadine Hennig
Reviewer: Denise RQ I’m here to talk to you
about why I believe that we as adults should be
more like children. Before I start,
I just want to make it clear that I don’t believe
that children are perfect, in fact, I know they’re not. But I do know them
to have several characteristics that we tend to lose as we grow up, and I for one don’t think we should. I’ve chosen three things
I’m going to share with you today. Three areas in which I believe it would benefit you
to be more like a child, starting with the world, or more specifically,
how children see the world. Because children see the world
as a giant playground in which every corner has a whole new something
to explore and discover. Now, to be fair, as adults,
we’ve been there, we’ve done that. We bought that t-shirt,
we danced that dance. So, it’s not that surprising that we’re not as excited
about the world around us. But I think that sometimes, we forget. We forget how amazing
the world around us actually is. We forget to be fascinated. Children allow themselves
to be fascinated, whether it’s by big things
or by small things; whether it’s a puddle, or a rainbow,
or the stars, or a soap bubble. I mean, when was the last time
you allowed yourself to realize how freaking cool a soap bubble is? Seriously, all you do
is mix water and soap, and you have this thing that just floats around, and it reflects light
in these amazing ways and colors. It’s so fragile that you don’t even dare
to breathe too deeply because you might just… We need to believe
in how amazing the world around us is. Because it is amazing, and we need to allow ourselves
to be fascinated. Children allow themselves
to be fascinated, we should, too. Because, if we allow little things
to make us happy, the way little things
make little people happy, then we’ll find ourselves
a little happier every day. I was in India a couple of years ago
with two of my cousins, Julia and Joel. Now, Julia is raised
here in Norway and speaks Norwegian, and Joel was raised
in India and speaks Malayalam, which is one
of the official languages of India. Neither of them spoke
the other’s language. But it was really fun
watching them interact. Because at first, they were
clinging on to their mother’s skirts, and they were terrified to let go. But then they started to play,
not together, just close to each other, and then they move closer, and closer,
and before you knew it, their two separate games
had become one and the same. I remember, at one point
where Joel puts out his hand and in Malayalam, he says,
(Malayalam) “Innaa,” (English) and Julia gracefully accepts and in Norwegian, she says,
(Norwegian), “Takk.” (English) and just like that,
they were friends. There’s an indescribable innocence
involved when children make friends. They dive into it,
and they’re whole-heartedly open to getting to know the stranger
soon to be friend. But with adults, the line
that divides strangers and friends, is somewhat thicker. We’ll put out our hand,
and we’ll shake hands with the person, and if you’re not too busy
saying our own name, we’ll maybe catch their name,
perhaps even add them on Facebook. But we don’t really invest
any time in them, especially not if we know
we’re never going to meet them again. We don’t really care. I think this is because we put
a lot of value into the word “friend”. And with good reason, a friend is rare and valuable,
a good one is even more so. But does it always
have to be that serious? Can’t it just sometimes be
about having a great conversation with a complete stranger
that you may or may not meet again? But just for there and then,
you put out your hand and you say, “Here’s my time of day,” and they gracefully accept
and say, “Thank you.” Believe in the people around you,
and believe in friends whether they last for a minute,
a day, or years. Believe like a child. Magnificent me. I’m willing to bet
that everybody in this room, at one point or the other, imagine themselves saving the day, or the world, or the princess,
or perhaps the prince. No matter what you were saving,
the common element is that you imagined yourself
as being the best. And what’s more,
you truly believed that you could be because you knew
that you were magnificent. I told my 8-year-old cousin
that she was beautiful, and she blushed, and smiled, and said, “Thank you.” And I saw that she meant it. I told my 22-year-old friend
that she was beautiful, and she laughed at me, and she said, “No, I’m not.” And I saw that she meant it. It’s strange, isn’t it, that we go
from believing that we are magnificent to believing that were too tall,
too skinny, too fat, too stupid, too– Take your pick. Just… not good enough, not magnificent. Children dream of what they can be based on who they are, and because they believe themselves
to be magnificent, they dream of saving the world. But if we don’t believe
that we’re magnificent, what does that say about our dreams? We need to start believing
that we’re magnificent again, and we need to start dreaming again. Because unless we believe
that we might, we definitely won’t. Believe in yourself,
believe that you are magnificent because you are. Now, I’m not saying
that we should be more childish, I’m saying
that we should be more childlike. Children have an immense faith
in the world around them, in the people around them,
and in themselves. And these are things that we, as adults,
can definitely learn from. Believe like a child, have faith. Remember, there is no shame in seeing wonderful things
as being wonderful. Thank you. (Applause)

11 thoughts on “Faith like a child: Rosilin K. Varughese at TEDxTrondheim

  1. wha| what a performance. you have done me proud my little book worm. you have done it beyond all my expectations. I am verry happy that you like your brother is going in the right direcetion. Keep it up. I admire the certain qualities your father has and I am proud to have a nephew like him anda grand nephew and grand niece like you. Appachen.,

  2. Awww.. Thank you Appachan! That's very sweet of you. 🙂 I'm glad you enjoyed the talk. Hope all is well. – Hugs from your bookworm.

  3. thank u moal for your mail. i have listened to some of the other participants.But yours had quality in its presentation. May be I am biased but could not help it. After all it was presented my one and only book worm . Please keep going . u are on the right track. Once again I am proud of u. give my loce to all yours and my dear ones. Appachen.

  4. I appreciated your TED talk. It was right along with my line of thinking, and I am excited you had the courage to tackle this subject that is not popular, but so important and impacting. Be like a little child..

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