Sitting there at the railroad crossing watching the very slow train go by pondering on whether I should turn off my car or keep it on and wait for this little obstacle to pass by. I decide to turn off my car and as soon as I do I see the last boogie slowly pass by. This experience made me ruminate on a concept of continuing to try at anything but then giving up at the last minute right when you’re about to reach your goal. Yes, this was just a train but what if this was “the” train of my life that was going to take me on a ride that may fulfill my wildest dreams.
I suppose I would never know unless I kept trying until the end. I saw the red railway poles moving in an upward direction as soon as I shut my car off, indicating that each train or path can turn into a new beginning, a new ride, a new journey only if you don’t give up at the last minute. I don’t want that guilt of not following through in life or giving my goals the best shot. So next time I’m not only going to have patience at the cross roads but will catch that train and see where it takes me.
I’m sitting there watching my son see the movie “The little engine that could”. I’m touched all over again as if I were a small child who’s hearing those words for the first time, ” I think I can, I think I can.” One of the head trains says to the baby train “if you think you can you will, if you think you can’t you won’t. Either way you’re right.” Those easy going words made perfect sense to me as an adult who doesn’t want to be told what he can or cannot do. I just wanted to know I’m right either way, just like a child would want to know the same. That effective way of communicating is just what I need with my child, a rebellious 3 year old who always needs to be rubbed the right way. I suppose love, affirmation and some firmness goes a long way and finding that balance of which attributes each unique kid needs the most. His favorite movie taught me that lesson once again, don’t ever give up, teach your child in such a creative way that they have no choice but to want to listen to you. It’s not easy but its better then getting frustrated or yelling aimlessly which doesn’t get you anywhere trust me I’ve tried😃 Connecting with them in their language seems to work.