Having a toddler at home makes you appreciate the small things in life.
Our daughter doesn’t plan much, communicates when she wants to and expects our attention at all times.
One thing that amazes me is how much progress she has made since she was born. In the moment it’s easy to forget, but when you look back at old pictures/videos it’s quite impressive.
I remember when she took her first steps. She wasn’t overly excited like her parents were or possibly even coherent about what just happened. She acted like she planned for this to happen for a while. Reminiscing about that time, reminds me the lesson(s) we can learn from her:
- Goals are much more achievable if you break them into baby steps.
- The next time you’re feeling down, look back and see how far you’ve come.
- What may seem meaningless to us, can be inspirational to others.
It’s so easy to focus on what we don’t have. Where we should be. What we haven’t accomplished. You can choose to focus on the negatives, but what if you stopped dwelling on the past/became anxious about the future and instead enjoyed the present?
I think my daughter’s simple, daily pleasures come from her mom. My wife has an uncanny ability to enjoy the moment. In fact, it’s influenced her husband at times (I’m still impatient though).