My winter break is almost over. While I did work some through the last three weeks, most of my time has been invested in enjoying the company of my daughter, son-in-love, and two precious grandsons. There is nothing so precious and fascinating as watching children grow and develop their own sense of self. Each in their own way, exploring and experimenting with the world, testing the limits, and working really hard to find a way around them!
In their innocent play, they demonstrate the ability to put forth effort towards what is important to them. They experiment with different techniques to get what they want. They delight in the simple accomplishment of each step, and then happily move on to the next without holding on to what they just accomplished. At the end of the day they are tired, a good tired. They are tired from living fully and out loud, unashamed.
Not yet programmed to understand failure, they just move on to something else if what they want doesn't work out. Yes, maybe with a tear or two, but they do move on.
Being with them these last three weeks has refreshed my soul and brought my attention back to the simplicity of effort. How lovely to be remembered how simple effort is when we don't hold on to the outcome.
4 Simple Lessons from My Grandchildren - The Adult Version
1. Do what is important. In adult terms, know what is important, prioritize your list, schedule your tasks on your calendar. Do them.
2. Experiment with different solutions. Do what works, forget the rest.
3. Enjoy and appreciate each step. It helps you stay present in the moment and strengthens your central nervous system.
4. Effort is worth it in the end. Even if you have to try again, get frustrated, and have to move on to another task, the accomplishment is worth it.
Blessings for a wonderful week for simplicity!
All My Love,
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