Little kids can teach us so much about growing. They do it all the time wit such gusto and joy. From the moment they're born, they are learning and mastering new skills. When they get things right, they shine with pride. It's a good type of pride. It's the sort that keeps them moving forward and gives them confidence.
This week, Aislinn, who is now three months old, is mastering grabbing what she sees. She gets so happy and excited when she captures that item she's after. Aiden, who is eight years old, brought home papers from his math club (that's a very nice name for an intervention program) that showed he's mastering division. Bouncing and smiling and practically singing with glee was his celebration. Gavin is now thirteen, and even he sometimes has to "WooHOO!" when he figures something out. Watching kids get excited about their successes was my favorite part of volunteering in the classroom- some blossomed slowly with glowing pride, other kids exploded with it. It was so much fun to watch. It still is.
When was the last time you celebrated yourself? I tried it out last night. After going for a walk with a new buddy, I realized that I reached double my exercise minutes. I did a little dance, woohoo-ed, and shared the news on Facebook. It felt good, and today, I feel like I can keep up the exercise program. It's nice to feel good about myself, and I realize I need to embrace my exuberant inner child and have a little more pride in my accomplishments instead of thinking about what I haven't got done yet.
Try it out. Pick some little moment when you did good today, and have a moment of excitement over it. How does it feel? Does it help you move forward, inspire you to keep going, or even give you a good idea? I hope it works just as well for you as it did for me. Good luck, and Congratulations!