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Friday, 26 April 2013

The Altering Effects of Under and Over Exposure

What we are exposed to as children or adults has a vast impact on our future, especially on our beliefs and outlook. Children have limited power over what they are exposed to; daily life can offer green grass, creativity, play and laughter, but it can also offer great tragedy, fear and the unexpected. The minds pristine capacity slowly begins to fill with all that it has seen – hopefully the wisdom of joyous life experiences prevails over minor setbacks. Parents have the guiding power to limit what a child or pre-teen may be exposed to on television, computers, books and life in general. Strange how we gently ease our children into what we think is a shocking world. Caring parents give their children bite size pieces of information that is age appropriate. Parents know there are dangers for every child and try to bring them to adulthood with strength, wisdom and minimal over-exposure. The timing of exposure to new concepts may have its effects on young lives, but this is often a matter of chance, fate or synchronicity and is mostly just another learning experience. Though parents use protective cushioning when necessary, they know the world holds magnificent sights and experiences of beauty and wonder where people can live and grow together.

Adult's who have been exposed to shocking events or just too much information as children may bring their own children up with strict rules about what damages a young creative soul. Everyone has been exposed to information or vision that can initially make them feel ill; it’s as if a perfect world is expected. Though we know perfection is an imbalance we still naturally long for the brighter side of life because it is trouble free. Limiting over-exposed to constant violence on television or computer games is paramount otherwise the young become desensitised and think violence is a normal part of daily life and this can damage their perception. Joy and innocence should be a greater part of every child’s life.  Parenthood requires some sort of joint plan for raising children otherwise they won’t feel the loving protection and guidance that a well-balanced mother and father naturally offer. Some rules or outlines are of benefit for later life because the adult world is full of rules, etiquette and mannerisms that need to be understood for ease of communication and creating friendships.  One and two parent families should ask for assistance from family and friends – raising children requires the wisdom and caring of many.

There are of course damaging effects from shocking events in both the lives of adults and children that are often unpredictable – natural disasters, car accidents, terminal illnesses, betrayal, financial ruin, violence, verbal abuse and any loss of life can be harmful if the proper time for healing is not allowed. Therefore we only have partial control of what we are exposed to, but we can learn, grow, accept and keep life moving forward. Maybe fate has its hand in our time on Earth or maybe these are just random events, either way we are left to deal with the situation the best way we can using love and understanding to heal the wounds.

The world is full of risks that we all must take to discover direction and purpose. We make decisions everyday regarding under and over-exposure because we know what we like and quickly steer clear of things that feel dark, stagnant or dangerous. A staggering amount of information comes our way in a life time, but we can choose to limit some of this or take risks to see what is out there. As long as you can confidently say yes or no to the information you allow into your life – you are in charge of your mental health, well-being and direction.

The Sage   Sharon D Bush
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