We have an escape artist in our house. He is a 2 year old named Joshua, the youngest of our 3 children. Since Joshua first began to move he’s always been into everything. More so than his older brother and sister ever were at that age. We’ve set up so many barriers for him only for him to navigate through, around, or over them. Most of the time, if we didn’t see him do it, we couldn’t figure out he he accomplished his escape.
Where there is a will, there is a way…
Fast forward to the past couple weeks. Joshua is 2 and still sleeps in a crib, which is designed to keep him inside. Well the last couple weeks we have been awaken in the middle of the night by Joshua standing next to one of us at our bedside or climbing into the bed with us. Once again, we didn’t see it, so we didn’t know how he was getting out. Finally we decide to just ask him: “show us how you get out of the bed son.” Check out the video below.
I’m sure you have seen plenty of toddlers climb out of their beds. No big deal right? After all that is pretty common after they reach a certain age, and/or when they realize it is possible. We (adults) are the same way. There are things in your life right now that have you boxed in. The awesome thing is you were made to overcome that barrier. Joshua has gone from laying on his back, to sitting up, to crawling, to walking, to running, to jumping, and now to climbing out of cribs!
I think I can, I think I can…You can!
Each phase that he moved into to, we put up bigger barriers, only to have him get past them. With each barrier that he overcame, he became more confident in himself. He realized “I’ve done this, so why can’t I do this too? I can!” Now in regard to his crib/barrier he knows he can get out, and go where he wants to. So that barrier is completely useless! You saw what his crib looked like in the video. Now here is what it looks like.
Yes, we just removed the barrier. Just like Joshua is standing confidently in his bed, knowing he overcame what was stopping him, so can and so should you. No matter what is holding you back, you were made to overcome it. Reflect on what you have already accomplished as you have grown, and realize that you will overcome what you are facing today. Picture yourself like Joshua standing confidently and having freedom due to your big breakthrough!
Question: Can you remember overcoming something that gave you a confidence that you could anything? Please share in the comments section below.