Resolutions: A One-Year-Old’s Perspective

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New year resolutions

Do you have any? Have you forgotten them already? Yeah, me too. I made some and I forgot some. They seem to be slippery little fellows. Like eels in the riverbed, they’re hard to define, hard to catch, and even harder to hold onto. Maybe you’ve never had the pleasure of hunting for eels, but if you want to see what I mean, just put some jello cubes in front of a 1 year old and you’ll get the same effect. They’ll grasp at what seems to be a very defined object and a very defined goal, but when their fingers squeeze down, the jello slips away and there isn’t much left at all.

Arlis eating yogurtI did, however, use the toddler as an example for a reason. Toddlers like jello. They also like cottage cheese, and yogurt, and oatmeal. They don’t always have the fine motor skills to use silverware so they do the best with what they have. Their little hands and inquisitive fingers keep exploring. It’s usually quite messy at first, but that’s ok; children at a young age haven’t been taught to quit easily yet. Half the yogurt might be on their face. Half might be on the floor. And if you’re lucky, half is in their belly without another half being all over you. Yes, I know there aren’t really four halves, but trust me, the stuff multiplies when you give it to my son.

So what’s the lesson here?

Well, there are a few important points to note about how my son Arlis eats yogurt (I can’t stand to feed him the colored jiggly water yet):

Arlis eating yogurt1. Arlis had a goal in mind but he doesn’t theorize. He acts. “Yogurt, get in my belly,” is what he says to himself and that’s what he does.

“Action is the foundational key to all success”,¬†Picasso

Don’t wait, act now. Don’t let planning become an excuse for non-action.

2. The yogurt gets everywhere. On him, on the floor, on me sometimes, but he always succeeds. Arlis gets more yogurt in his mouth than I will ever get in mine by just thinking about my resolutions.

It’s very important that you challenge your fears and realize that it’s gonna get messier before it gets better. Don’t let a sticky situation or two stop you from acting. Don’t be afraid to walk around with some yogurt on your forehead. You’ll survive – I promise. And you never know, you might just reach one of your goals.

Arlis eating yogurt3. Yogurt is hard to eat with your hands. Try it sometime. I know Arlis watches me use a spoon, because sometimes he’ll attempt to eat it with his little spoon. But you see, his burning passion, his desire to consume that yogurt overtakes his little mind, and he throws the spoon aside, and digs in. There’s nothing that will stop him from swiping away until he finishes the bowl of yogurt. His little hands might only get a small portion at a time, but he keeps at it until he licks the bowl clean. Maybe he’s got something there.

Focus on your passion, use whatever tools you have or don’t have, but most importantly, don’t give up.

So to sum it up, if you want to actually accomplish your resolutions this year, remember:

  • Act now – don’t over plan or over theorize.
  • It’s messy – but you should go for it.
  • Use the tools you have or don’t have in front of you. But get started.

Happy New Year! Here’s to getting messy and getting it done.


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