Friday, March 25, 2011

With the determination of a one year old

This week my one year old son learned to climb. Before he was good at getting in bed, or up on the couch, but this week I have been pulling him off the kitchen table, and more importantly my office desk. He screams like a banshee when I pull him from his latest conquest, but as soon as I put him down he is back to climbing. He loves my computer, and this morning I lost thirty minutes of writing time trying to fix it, but as soon as I got up to refill my coffee cup he pulled out the bottom drawer (it doesn't lock like the rest), and was bashing away at my keyboard before I could dash across the kitchen, and to the back of my office to pull him away. I am at the point that I move the table chairs to block my office so that he is unable to get on the table, but it doesn't stop him from plowing through the barrier and getting to my desk. His single minded determination is astounding!

During one of the times when I was digging him out of my desk drawer, I got to thinking, when do we lose that determination? When we are young we believe that we are able to do anything we set our minds to, but as we grow doubt sets in, and we begin to give up more easily.

My mother has always encouraged me that you can do whatever you set your mind to, and it's something I have come to live by. When I joined the military, everyone doubted I would make it through basic, but I stuck with it and proved them all wrong.

I hope to regain the determination of a one year old. Right now, I'm determined to finish WF!

What goals are you determined to achieve?




  1. Way to be! You can do it! (Especially with the example of your little one as a reminder!)

  2. This is fantastic Amy! I haven't thought of this single-minded determination from this perspective before, but oh yeah, I remember what that was like! I had twins and man, when they set their mind to something, they were something to behold. I'd love to have that kind of stick-to-it-iveness, as well!

  3. Thanks Ali! Yes, my lil man believes he is superman... I think he's more like the Hulk. You don't want to make him angry. Hulk smash!
    And thank you all for the warm welcome into the dojo! I'm looking forward to writing with you all!