Thursday, October 21, 2010

Big News

Major accomplishment over here this week.  Since she’s mastered this skill she’s quick to take off and speed away-we’re working on her with asking before she goes and all that. 
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Needless to say, she’s immensely proud of herself.  We are too.
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Here’s the kicker:  the other morning she says to me, “Since I’m riding a two wheeler I’m going to call you Mom and Dad now.”  Bye-bye “mama” and “daddy.”
Thankfully that only lasted a few hours.  Whew.  She’s not all grown up, yet.
But her accomplishment made me think:  as kids we have lots of milestones and accomplishments.  We’re always learning something new and amazing, it’s just part of growing as a child.  But then we get older and it seems like the accomplishments don’t come as often.  Or when they do happen, they’re a long time coming.  It’s got me wondering what I’ve accomplished lately.  Not really any major milestones here, and that could be disappointing.  But the more I think about it, the more I realize that there are little milestones in my life an awful lot. 
Getting the house clean and managing to keep it that way for more than, ah, five minutes feels like an accomplishment. 
Not burning dinner. 
Choosing kindness when you really want to pummel someone.  (Come on, I know some of you have been here before-right?)
Getting through a long run, without walking.  Not even once.
Going grocery shopping and getting every item on your list.  I think that’s happened at least once this year.
Getting up early before the rest of the house so I can have time to read the Bible, and just be quiet before God. 
Saying no thank you to that second piece of cake.
You probably get the drift.  I guess it’s all in your perspective, isn’t it?  I’m going to choose to look for where I’ve accomplished something, even a small something.  I like the thrill of victory-even if it comes in small doses.
What about you?  What have you accomplished lately?

3 comments:

  1. I love your perspective! :)

    Thanks for the encouragment to celebrate and take pride the seemingly 'small' stuff that I do accomplish each and every day.

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  2. The look on your daughters face in that first picture is just priceless!! Love it!

    Great perspective...and yes..."Choosing kindness when you really want to pummel someone"...been there just this past week with a very difficult customer at work...I really had every right and reason to be nasty back to her, but when I chose kindness, and smiled back at her....her whole demeanour changed and it really turned the situation around...and I've found this to be true over and over again...when you chose kindness, you're always rewarded. Even though sometimes it's very difficult to do.
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Way to go Cayden!!! We're so proud of you. Can't wait to see in person.

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