“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you are right.” ~ Henry Ford
Last week we had one of those frantic, rushed, gonna-be-a-miracle-to-catch-the-school-bus kind of a morning. It was getting more and more stressful as the moments ticked away... making the distance between our house and the bus stop seem to loom further and more impossible.
Instead of getting totally crazy I chose to take a breath and calmly said "Relax.. we're not going to make it. Let's slow down and I will drive you to school. Then we have plenty of time."
Ah, but she LOVES the bus, and the social time it affords her with friends before school starts.
"NO! No, Mom, don't say we won't make it... if you believe it, it will be so. You need to say we can make it! Believe it and we WILL make it!"
OMG! That completely stopped me in my tracks! I have said this dozens of times to her when I hear declarations like... "I can't do it", "It's too hard", "I will never be able to do this"
I had no idea she was actually hearing me! And, believing! It is not falling on deaf ears, as they say. WOW... what else does she really hear? Makes a great case to keep repeating all the right things, the things she doesn't seem to hear, the things that will build her up, will help her believe in herself, that will guide her to make good choices as she grows!
PS - She actually did make the bus, just barely and we did have to run full speed sprint the entire way, but she believed we could do it, and she made it happen!! That is one powerful lesson.