Monday, October 17, 2005


childhood lessons

in the early years of our lives we learn a tremendous amount in a very short period of time, it's truly amazing the capacity young brains have to absorb information. as we look back on these things we've learned, viewing them through our adult perspectives, we often overlook their complexity. what becomes clear upon further investigation, however, is that these basic skills we learn when we are young employ some of our greatest wisdom and sharpest wit to master.

curt rosengren's blog, the occupational adventure, recently referred to an article that revealed the wisdom found in learning just such a task: being toilet trained. as the article states:

Although this time can be a frustrating and messy one, it's a great opportunity for you to model for your daughter how to approach many of life's challenges:

- when you want to do something, it's easier
-if you don't want to do something, figure out why
-internal motivation is the best motivation
-identify what it is that stands between you and completing your goal
-sometimes pull-ups slow down your progress
-often others see when you are shifting from foot to foot, before you do
-continuing to do what you are comfortable with can keep you from growing
-poop happens, accidents are part of learning to do it right
-don't beat yourself up over mistakes
-overcoming a challenge is a process
-sometimes you just need to do it
-celebrate successes!

learning new things always involves some level of challenge. this list is an excellent reminder of how capable we are to handle the challenges placed before us. we are fully able to jump into action when the moment is right and learn from our mistakes and then head out to try again and likely make new ones.

what items on this list can you apply to your current projects and challenges? as always i'd love to hear your thoughts so feel free to post them here!

dream big,

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