“Mommy, I don’t want it.” “I can do it myself.” “I need help.” “Mommy, I want juice.” “I love you.” “Stop it!”
These are the all too familiar phrases I hear from having a toddler in our home. I’m amazed at how quickly he’s learning to communicate and express himself at just two years old. Just as my little Alexander is learning to navigate his world, so we too learn to navigate ours. We learn from others and from things we read or study. Becoming a life-long learner is so important for continued growth. If something is not growing, it’s dying.
Take a moment and think about your life—are you growing or dying? Going forwards or backwards? Whether we are 2, 22 or 52, we all are created to grow and reach a certain potential. However, our environment and circle of friends/family can dictate how much we grow, learn and develop and ultimately achieve success. Who do you surround yourself with? Do they help you grow? Do they push you forward? Are they making you better? If not you may need to change your circle. Just as if I don’t like some of the things Alexander is saying, I would need to take a look at his environment and make adjustments.
Lifelong learning and personal evaluation is an ongoing process. If you don’t like what you see in your life take a look at yourself and your environment. You can always change it. You have the power, with God’s help, to become your best self. Take the necessary steps and do it today!
~Coletta Jones Patterson