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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Let me teach you a thing or two about a thing or two.

A lesson in determination can be learned from an 18-month-old. No matter the obstacle, victory is always perceived as the end result.

One day last week Aspen disappeared and was discovered sitting by one of the kitchen heat vents, reading a book. When the book got boring, it was time to remove both shoes and socks.

Then it was time to put the shoes back on. Without any help, thankyouverymuch. It is true that Aspen is successfully putting her own shoes on about 50% of the time, but that doesn't mean it's easy. There is a lot of grunting, some screeching, and countless thuds of foot to floor.

Regardless of the frustration, Aspen almost never gives up. Sometimes she has to give in, but only when Mama is in a big hurry and we have no choice but to allow for intervention.

I'm trying to commit to little things every week that I know I can accomplish if I just stick my mind to them. For example, last week I committed to putting on lipstick every day before leaving the house. No big deal, in the grand scheme of things, but it's a task that makes me feel just a smidgen better about myself. I think it's similar to Aspen putting her own shoes on, even when we're not actually going anywhere.

Triumph feels good, no matter how old you are or what you're doing.


  1. Agreed! And what a great quality determination is when it's guided right. BTW, I love the name Aspen...just sayin'.

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  2. It is amazing what you can learn from kids.


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