For our Kids- the “I Can”

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest man,
But sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.” (Walter D. Wintle)

A few weeks ago I decided to follow a tug of mine to offer to help some girls get ready for a fun mile run, since I was already starting a little bit with my own 3.  It is turning out to be the gift of “I can” through a little weekly running practice fun.  It is one thing to consistently believe in our kids and tell them to believe they can, and indeed a VERY important part of what we are telling them everyday.  It is quite another to show them.  They watch what we do and how we do it, what we say and how we say it.  In fact everything matters to these little sponges!  Scary huh?!   But it is also great!

I’m learning how to show them and let them experience this incredible feeling of belief, this “I can”, let them see YOU try something you’ve never done and actually DO IT (yay!),  then give them a framework to try something they’ve never done, maybe even a little hard, and actually accomplish it or maybe not, but learn in the attempt.  They say by the time we are 5 we’ve heard 40,000 No’s.  It is no wonder we are all squashed flowers on some level!  We must work extra hard to give them more  opportunities to get the yes, more I can, more belief and faith in things they cannot see yet.  Much like we ask them to have faith in God, and they do, they can learn to believe in anything they set their minds and hearts and bodies to regardless of what is going on around them.  This is one thing that I love about running, swimming and biking. 

 Team sports are invaluable on many levels.  But to feel free to explore your own limits and find joy in that, builds a confidence that transcends all abilities and talents, and is knows no time/age limits.  I think it is becoming something I know I CAN do, I can share this with more and more girls and boys- an answer to the question “can i?”  Why of course!! 

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