It is a brand new year and I have been reflecting on what I learnt the past year. Interestingly, because I had been staying home to look after my little one, I had learnt a lot from him.
As he develops daily, there are milestones that he hits, and also new tricks that he picks up. What amazes me is his determination and perseverance to become better at them.
When he was learning to roll, he kept trying till he succeeded. When he learnt to stand, he fell many times but kept pulling himself up. The consistency was also remarkable as he practised daily so he mastered the skills he was learning.
He is teething now and often he would cry in his sleep because it is painful. However, in the morning, he would give me his biggest smile and go through his daily routine again. While he grows, he is also looking to me to provide him the comfort as he needs.
Growth is a choice
When we want to become better versions of ourselves, we would want to keep growing, even if it means going through pain. Before Nathan had teeth, he could only have soft foods. Now he has some teeth (which is pretty cute), he can have food with various textures.
When we experience pain and grow through it when growing, we will invite more exciting experiences into our lives.
Consistency keeps us accountable
Consistency is one that keeps someone accountable to his daily habits. When Nathan was learning to crawl, he practised day in day out. Even before he went to bed, he was still trying to practise. When he learnt to stand, everyday he pulled himself up even if it meant falling over many times.
How often have we been consistent in our daily habits or learning an area of expertise?
Lastly, keep smiling. Even through the growth pains or multiple falls, Nathan keeps his smile going. As we go through life, inevitably it will have tough moments. But we should keep our smiles going and know that once we conquer, we win.
Amy Ching and her husband Phillip has recently had a baby. Amy enjoys fellowship with people and seeing their lives changed because of Jesus. Her passion is to influence others and speak into their lives. She loves watching dramas, drinking bubble tea, especially matcha flavoured ones, and spending time with kids. If you want to know more about her, check out her instagram account @chingamy, where she posts about life, her revelations, and hopes to inspire.
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