Theme: It’s good to grow up! ?
Heading to Denver Int’l Airport to pick up daughter, Tara, and her 6-year-old, McKenna, I texted Tara—again—to find out where they were at that moment.
Because I’d asked “Mama Tara” to keep me informed so we could have a well-timed curbside pick-up, her response was purposely over-the-top specific:
“We just got our luggage and walked to the elevator on floor 5. When the doors opened, we entered. Now standing in said elevator watching McKenna press the elevator button for floor 4. We will depart the elevator shortly and exit the building to meet you on the curb.”
Funny, Tara, very funny. ?
When I saw her text, though, my mind flashed to parenting days gone by when my wife, Karen, and I served as referees in elevators because all the kids wanted to PRESS THE BUTTONS! Just like granddaughter Kenna did.
It’s what first-graders do. It’s expected and acceptable.
Back in the day, we had our children take turns. Now, our seven offspring (21 to 37) have lost interest in pushing those all-important elevator buttons. They leave it to their kids to do it. Why?
They grew up.
As we mature, we give up childish ways. We become “grown-ups” who care not one lick about elevator-button-pushing. Honestly, if you and I entered an elevator together and I shoved you aside so I could push the buttons, you’d view me as a crazy and immature guy — right before you called security.
Bottom line, my behavior would be totally unacceptable.
Of course, there are countless other actions, attitudes, and approaches to life that would also reveal I’m behaving like a child and would be equally unacceptable. Let’s explore a Baker’s Dozen of them right now …
13 Symptoms of Immaturity
1. Not taking responsibility for my actions.
2. Needing to be the center of attention.
3. Refusing to admit I’m wrong.
4. Spending money I don’t have.
5. Blaming my feelings, actions, and results on others.
6. Belittling people through name-calling.
7. Whining about working.
8. Thinking the QBQ! book is for everyone else. ?
9. Being easily/routinely offended.
10. Not listening to criticism.
11. Feeling entitled to what others have.
12. Picking <verbal> fights; starting arguments.
13. Being a sore loser — or winner.
Pretty cool list, don’t ‘ya think? ??
Now, how do we grow out of these? How do we cure these 13 symptoms to become mature adults? Many won’t like the answer —
By choosing to eradicate them today.
Yes, the process of learning and changing over a lifetime — what we call “growing up” — really is just that simple.
Which of our 13 do you struggle with most? Can you add a 14th? Share a comment!