Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.
This Easter weekend we woke up to sunshine and birds chirping. Could spring be here!? Is this the new start that replenishes us and fills us with anticipation? Well, I started by replenishing myself with coffee and filling up on chocolate (saving my children from the cavities they surely would have had if they would have eaten it all themselves). Then we made our way outside to let the sun rays shine on us. It was time for my tutorial – the one that my 21 ½ month old son gives me on a regular basis. As a life learner, I have participated in quite a bit of formal education and have had a multitude of related experiences with serving communities and growing a company.Yet, I have acquired invaluable knowledge, perception, and character from hanging with my Aiden. In brief, this is how he taught and what I learned:
1. BIG SHOES TO FILL: Aiden insists without negotiation to wear his daddy’s size 11 shoes and stumble around the yard. Lesson: I learned to not be afraid to try and fill big shoes – big shoes give me room to grow, stumbles and all. Take a risk, a leap of faith, a step towards the unknown. Believe in myself – I can do this even though it is bigger than me. One step at a time – I will gain stability and ability to confidently manage all the bumps and hills that greet me on my path. Wow – I know for sure my stride with lengthen and my endurance with strengthen and I will fly. Thank you big shoes.
2. SQUIGGLY THINGS UNDER THE ROCKS: Aiden insists on overturning all the rocks and assessing the squiggly things that are living under them. Lesson: I learned to stop avoiding looking at the squiggly things under the rocks, even though I would rather not face that reality. Avoiding reality postpones problem solving and progress. And sometimes the squiggly things inspire the most effective improvements. Look those squiggly things in eye and take your power back by using them to move forward. Knowledge brings power. Power brings progress. Progress brings excellence. Thank you, squiggly things.
3. GET YOUR FEET WET: Aiden insists on walking through the mud and puddles over and over again. Now and then, he sits down while his diaper expands like a helium balloon. Lesson: I learned to get my feet wet, to take a step towards a new experience, to now and then simply emerge myself into an opportunity, and to soak up whatever I can. I learned to step out of my comfort zone and into a situation that may be tough, challenging, or even dreadful. I know for sure that to be who I aspire to be, I need to be as successful with the hard stuff as I am with the feel good stuff. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone just often enough to know that it can connect me with key people, experiences, knowledge, and results. Thank you wet feet et al.
This Triumph Triangle Learning is so powerful. Yes it brings knowledge, but is also brings perception and character. I consider each of these three traits – knowledge, perception, and character – to be the points on what I call my Triumph Triangle. A triangle is defined by three points, angles, and sides – there is more than one strategy to finding success! I invite you to grow and strengthen your triangle – open your eyes, ears, heart and mind. I know for sure that whatever you are aching for and striving for will move closer to your reach if you continue to replenish your triangle and learn to learn where the best secrets to success are waiting for you.
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)