Monday, September 26, 2011

Don't Lose Heart!

There's something magical about the sparkle in a kid's eye when they've conquered the ultimate toddler feat: shoe-tying! Being able to tie their shoes gives children something to brag about; something to take pride in. Once they have accomplished this new-found craft, they are eager to show everyone with whom they come in contact. Parents use many techniques, including the "bunny ears" method to teach children how to tie their shoes; however, I am convinced that something more than technique drives the children to learn. They may whine and complain, throw tantrums and display their frustration with the process, BUT they never give up on mastering this artistry. I believe that there's something innate in children that gives them an extra boost of confidence. Something in them says, "I can do this, and I won't stop until I get it!" They do not lose heart.
 
We, adults, can learn a thing or two from those driven kids. Somewhere along the path, we lose our determination to master that thing that we just can't seem to conquer. We lose heart and give up after we're unsuccessful one or two times. We quit trying after things don’t work out the way we think they should. We punk out when we run into the smallest obstacle. We pronounce last rights over our efforts when we run into the slightest glitch. Somewhere along the line, we stop telling [or forget to tell] ourselves, "I can do this, and I won't stop until I get it!"
 
I encourage you to take notes from the toddlers. No matter how many times you fail and/or feel like you will never accomplish that goal that you've set out to accomplish; no matter how many "techniques" you try and fail to grasp, reach down and draw on that innate energy that you had as a child: the energy that made you driven and unfearful! Get in mind that thing that you've set out to accomplish, even if you've flopped at it before. Grab a second wind, and try your hand at it again. Mimic the toddlers.... Don't give up until you get it. DON'T LOSE HEART!

Written By: Shun Davenport

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