Recently, I watched my baby girl in her daily activities. I watched as she learned how to navigate from one spot to another in the room, as she crawled intentionally towards her goal, and she stopped and enjoyed reaching her goal just long enough to move on to the next activity. She was determined and focused. Even as she worked to stand on her own, she fell time and again, but she kept getting back up and trying again. She inspired me. She is me.
What if we all moved forward in our daily lives with the same childlike faith? What if we “fell” and picked ourselves right back up and tried again? As I watched her over and over, she reminded me that I am better than my seeming failures, and sometimes to perfect a thing, I have to keep going after it. Just because things don’t work out as I may have hoped, that doesn’t mean it’s time to quit. That just means I regroup and start again.
So, looking over my 2019, I see where I thought I failed. I see where I didn’t get the responses I hoped for, the times I wanted to give up, and the times I felt overlooked. But even looking at all of that, I see my baby girl in me. She got her determination from somewhere, and I have to believe it’s at least partially from me, because at the end of the year, I am still moving forward. Having fallen time and again, I chose to keep getting back up.
Maybe your year has not been what you hoped. Perhaps you didn’t accomplish everything you desired to. Maybe you thought you failed. Maybe. But, the great thing is that there’s another day to do things differently. Use each new day as a fresh opportunity. Use this New Year as a “start again.” With childlike faith, we can all win.
At the end of it all, you’re still standing, and that is an accomplishment in itself. Happy New Year!