It’s All Worth It
|From Elijah’s Handwriting Folder
Today, the kids brought home their things from school. With 2 days left of the school year, they have been slowly clearing out their desks and bringing home their work for the year. Elijah brought home all his workbooks, and I decided to go through them to see what he’s learned and how he’s progressed.
Proud doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Workbook after workbook, I saw such growth and comprehension from him that I always knew was there, but to see it in print left me speechless and very happy. His math comprehension is unbelievable, his handwriting – phenomenal; his journals and reading comprehension is so spot on. It’s made me realize that all the hard times I give him, being tough on him, making him do his spelling over and over, even when he didn’t want to and having him read that one last chapter before putting his book away has all been worth it.
I’ve got some amazing kids. I’ve always known this, and this is not me bragging or anything, but I really do have some amazing boys. Elijah’s signed up for Softball this summer, along with returning for a 3rd season for soccer. Each year, he just gets better and better and I sometimes have to pinch myself to see if this is real. It’s been a tough journey so far raising these 3 little guys, and I’ve had to fight a lot of battles with them as they get older. But I realize, that just with everything else, being consistent is what makes all the difference.
I HAVE to keep on these boys about everything. Believe me, there are days when I want to throw in the towel. To be honest, I have a few times just because I felt so overwhelmed. But, it’s definitely all worth it. They’re thriving, growing, and maturing. They’re going to make their mark on society – positively, of course, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.
For now, I will revel in the fact that my oldest has had a successful 3rd Grade (Grade 3) and anticipate that next year will be just as productive. All 3 will be in school this fall, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.
He may very well kill me when he finds out I shared this. He was feeling a little embarrassed as I was going though his books and chuckling. Not because it was funny, but because he’s growing up. Unfortunately, he doesn’t see that right now. He will, someday.
Inspiration is Everywhere
What inspires you? What keeps you going? Do you seek a higher power or are there people in your immediate circle of influence who you inspire you?
I’m inspired by many different things, people and everything in between. I love quotes – they keep me going. Many motivational speakers, authors and historic figures give me the added push I need. Some include Brian Tracy, John Maxwell, Mark Victor Hansen, Jim Rohn, just to name a few. Most important, my family, especially my children, inspire me to always strive for my best, even on those days when I don’t feel inspirational.
Fairly recently, I’ve been on the receiving end of inspiration, and I’m speechless. Never did I think I influence others. Seriously, it may sound ridiculous, crazy, naive…but, in all honesty, for a long time, I didn’t see myself as someone who inspires others. I just see myself as a woman doing her best every day and creating an amazing life for my family. I’m very modest, humble, and someone who does NOT like the spotlight. I’m a behind-the-scenes type of gal…willing to let others shine. So, I’m always amazed when I get notes from others or hear that I have made a difference in someone’s life.
It’s the truth.
For me, I look at myself as someone who’s plotting along, doing what I need to do to succeed. I think the best way for me to explain is I don’t think I’m anyone special. I have a belief that we all possess a common sense trait that we should use. I believe we all have the ability to succeed at whatever we desire, if we are willing to put in the work.
I’m no stranger to hard work. I do my best to put my best foot forward at all times. I’m a work in progress; willing to learn. I love learning…learning from others who can help me be a better person. Others who are willing to show me the way, without doing it for me. I am willing to put in the time, the effort, the sacrifice, the ridicule. I don’t or rather, I won’t take the easy way out. I want to know that everything I’ve accomplished was because I put my all into it. Done by my hard work.
I love to work with and be around others who aren’t strangers to hard work. Those who are willing to get into the trenches with me, get a little dirty, and come out clean on the other end. Those who are willing to delay the instant gratification for the long-term gratification. I love to surround myself with positive, people. The people who inspire ME to be a better person.
Make a Difference
It really doesn’t take much to inspire others. Eye contact is so key. Say hello to someone; hold the door open; let someone go ahead of you; pay for someone’s coffee…the possibilities are endless. Yes, pay it forward. Make a difference; inspire.