Monday, July 27, 2015

Try Try Again

My Mother in Law is here  for a visit this week, so the kids and I have been cleaning machines over the weekend. (Nothing motivates cleaning quite like company)

My Sweet, Belle was in charge of the windows and doors.

The only trouble was she was spraying higher than she could reach.

 So, I told her she didn't have to get all the way to the top, just from where she could see down.
When she looked at me and said "I can do it Mom. I'll just aim higher and jump if I have to."

And she did.
Know what? It wasn't perfect. It was streaked in some places and some of the spray left in others.

But, that's ok. (There was a time in my life when that wouldn't have been ok. But perfection is such a useless pursuit. She learned more in the trying than she ever would have if I would have gone back and 'fixed' her work)

She aimed as high as she could and when she couldn't reach any higher, she jumped to try even more.

What a life lesson wrapped up in a little girl, a bottle of windex and a paper towel.

It's the trying that counts.

Let's all aim a little higher than we can reach this week, and jump if we have to. And if it's a little messier than we'd planned and not quite perfect. . .well, that's ok. You tried.

It's the trying that counts.

Practicing with you,


Anonymous said...

Kids are such wonderful teachers, aren't they? I love it!
Aiming high is something you always have to do. Aim for nothing and you're sure to hit it! Thanks for sharing!

Heather Lethbridge said...

I love the way kids think, she was like its ok if its too high I will just jump, kids are so WILLING to go above and beyond. They are so eager, i think as we grow up we just think we shouldn't be as eager or enthusiastic as children. But you are right it is in that trying that we learn and grow! thans for sharing!

Natasha Hanneman said...

Awh, love this! Kids teach us so much! Thanks for sharing this great lesson for the week!

Brandi Davis said...

I learn so much from my girls too. Kids have this special way of teaching us. I'll be aiming higher this week too.

HungryForGod (Andi) said...

as long as they're tryin - that's all you can ask for :D

Brooke Caputo said...

I think it's wonderful that you involve your kids in the chores. Even though it's harder sometimes, it's very important that we teach them good work ethic.

Jen said...

Love this encouragement - both for kids and adults! :) I'm stopping by from the CWB facebook page tonight. Thanks for sharing!
Jen @ Being Confident of This

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