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The Power of “I can”

I can dress myself!
 
I think sometimes as adults we forget the power of “I can”. Its been so long since we acquired a new skill that the feeling of discovery, joy and power can sometimes be lost on us.
 
Childhood is full of those moments.
Chalk full of those moments.
 
As  adults though we can find those “I can” moments frustrating because we forget the thrill of learning something new.
 
For instance my daughter can take her own diaper off. Everyday this week she has removed her diaper when she wakes up from nap and happily played naked as a jaybird in her crib. This has frustrated me all week. The constant pee everywhere, the constant laundry, followed by the constant baths.
She happily holds up her diaper when I walk in the room to show me like its a prize she just won with the biggest proudest smile on her face.
 
Today as I walked into her room to catch her taking off her diaper, I asked myself “why is she doing this?”
It hit me like a tonne of bricks.
“She did it because she could.”
Last week she couldn’t, now she can.
 
It wasn’t to drive me crazy. It wasn’t to purposely create more laundry for me.
It was because it felt good to do something new.
 
Of course all this pondering has me thinking of all the other “I can” instances in my career that passed me by because I was to busy being frustrated. 
 
 Looking at children through a lens of being capable can change frustration to elation.
What “I can” moments have you shared in lately?