BOOTSTRAPS Jr. : youth's help to finish strong
Many teens and children begin lives in challenging places. Sadly, many don't survive to see their 25th birthday. Some give up their dreams. A child's dream should not be forfeited. When we're knocked down, we must get up, dust ourselves off and continue. Lessons are all around us. We have to use them to help us push forward. It doesn't matter how you start. It matters how you finish. Finish strong
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
While he rode around in circles, he ran into a plastic garbage can and fell. He did what many people do when they are frustrated with something. He screamed, "I quit". I am never going to ride a bike anymore.
I immediately reminded him about the steps he took to get to this point.
- He rode the bicycle that was attached to the television, primarily because he couldn't balance on the real bike.
- He got on the training wheel bike, but couldn't pedal. Instead, he braked continuously.
- He couldn't balance on the training-wheel bike.
- I balanced and pushed him on the training wheel bike.
- During several trips, we elevated from the driveway, two houses down, to the corner, around the corner and finally around the block on the training wheel bike.
- He rode the training-wheel bike while standing on the pedals.
- He glided on the two-wheeler bike.
- He tried and tried and tried to pedal. And then, he got it.
Once I told him some of the challenges he overcame. My son began to encourage his little brother. During challenges we have to reflect back to the times that we've overcame issues. For me, and my son it worked well.