My sweet 4-year-old daughter had a rough moment today during homeschooling. The assignment was to put an 'X' through the picture that did not belong to the group. For example, a monkey does not belong in the same group as a winter hat, mittens, and snowman. She was frustrated because she couldn't make a perfect 'X', and she said the words, "I can't."
I pulled her onto my lap, and I sang a little song I had written for her when she was a baby trying to crawl and going nowhere fast. I reminded her of how she used to work so hard to coordinate her arms and legs to crawl, and she would fall, unable to move from point A to point B. I shared with her how often we have to practice to get things right and that it's okay when you don't get it right the first time.
Then, I cupped her little face in my hands, and I said these words: "You used to struggle when you were learning to crawl. Now, you don't just know how to crawl, you know how to RUN!"
Her frustration this morning reminded me of my own struggles in life, of all the times I've tried, failed, tried again, failed again, tried another time, failed another time, and so on. I kept on trying until I finally got it right.
Progress is progressive.
If you don't get it right the first time, just keep trying. Someday, you will look back on the things you've done and the person you've become, and you'll marvel at just how far you've come in life. As in the song I wrote for my daughter in the above video, "Try...and you might find that you can fly."