Oh, the many lessons we can actually learn from little children. They are amazingly resilient, open, and honest. They truly can’t be stopped once they put their mind to something that they really want to accomplish. I was quickly reminded last week of just how amazing these little people are through an experience with my 6 years old daughter, Jojo.
Miss Jojo is truly one of a kind. She is extremely smart, vibrant, ambitious, and is definitely one not to be messed with. All of this is hidden under the cutest smile and set of eyes I have ever seen (Yes, I am being biased as her mother…LOL). Okay, back to the matter at hand. So, little miss was in the process of learning how to ride her bike without her training wheels. Her dad, was able to work with her one day, and the plan was to finish teaching her later on that week— at a play date set with my sister, and our friends at a local park.
Yes, so my plan was set in place and my sister Candace would finish teaching Jojo, how to ride with two wheels. Hey, I am not ashamed to say Candace has an insurmountable amount of patience. That is one of her greatest attributes. So… hey as her younger sis, I had to employ this great God given skill by having her finish teaching her niece how to ride. Candace arrives at the park and begins teaching Jojo how to ride with two wheels. Additionally, our lovely friend Livia joins Candace, and together they both work with her.
You might be wondering where I am in all of this…right? LOL, well I was sitting under the gazebo on the picnic bench holding the baby. Hey, don’t judge me…Ahahaha! So, I am on the bench looking at Candace and Livia teach Jojo how to ride as they walked her around the park’s track both holding opposite sides of her bike. This process went on for a short period of time before I saw Jojo take off riding with Candace and Livia running after her. I couldn’t contain my laughter.
Eventually, Jojo comes to a halt and Candace walks over to me to and explains the entire situation. Here is how the narrative lays out…They were guiding Jojo on her bike, and all the while she is saying, “I can’t do this”. However, my sister’s oldest daughter Kristin swooshes by her on her two-wheel bike and Jojo says “Wow!”. Something then snapped and she took off riding like a pro. I laughed even harder. You see…Jojo taught me a very important lesson. We are the ones a majority of the time who places limitations on ourselves. Jojo started off doubting in herself, which translated into her limiting herself. Nonetheless, once she saw her cousin speed by her, she was probably like “Hell Nah!” in her mind. She then turned that fear into strength and built up the internal courage to handle her business.
That is the attitude we all should take on in this life. Life is hard, and yes it can be a huge pain at times, but we should never limit ourselves—No matter how big the obstacle(s) may seem. Jojo learned that day to ride her two-wheeler bike in under an hour. She set her mind to something and she was determined that she would not fail. Gosh!!!! I am getting the chills. My little baby girl just reinforced a very important principle and it left me speechless.
Speaking from personal experience there are days when I am feeling very down and defeated. However, that is no excuse. I have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and handle my business. I encourage my readers today to do the same. Don’t wait for life to hand you opportunities. Prayerfully seek them out and go for them wholeheartedly. The company Goalcast usually posts these very motivating videos on Face Book of famous people giving some exceptionally encouraging speeches. In every speech that I have seen, there was always one common denominator. They made up their minds that they were going to go full steam ahead and tackle their dreams and goals.
The formula may vary for each person, but there is one component that will never change. That component is your willingness to achieve what you set out to do—via determination. I love the saying, “Go Hard or Go Home”. Give it your all! Again, NO EXCUSES!