Can you remember the time that you faced the painful conflict of discovering that Father Christmas was not real, but you still wanted to believe he was true?
Perhaps your world was shattered when an older sibling, peer or adult broke the news that you knew was true but wanted to refuse to acknowledge.
A child would need to consider what the potential outcomes would be relative to whether they are choosing to believe or surrender such a long held truth.
There is a certain period between childhood and adolescence where a child begins to make active choices that fit what they are choosing to accept as reality.
It is all part of the process of growing up and becoming the person you are going to be.
Whilst there is some painful angst in going through these important transitions – the rewards are much greater.
Letting go of things that have nurtured us in the innocent years of our childhood means that room is made for more of what is still to come.
This can be encouraged with the gifts of independence, autonomy and responsibility and it is not long before letting go of the past becomes much more desirable.
Feeling the weight of these attributes is important for personal growth, which can positively challenge the notion of replacing uncertainty and discomfort – with comfort and security.
This is reflected at every stage of life and is often a touchstone when we take responsibility for nurturing the children in our lives and it reminds us of our own memorable experiences and encounters of transformation.