Lessons from a 4-year old

Sometimes as adults I think that we forget the important things in life.  And it takes a child to remind us that there are more important things in life than deadlines, reality tv, and a constant attachment to our smartphones.  This past weekend I got to bake cookies (the best chocolate chip cookies ever if I do say so myself) with a four-year old and I learned a couple of things…

Stop and smell the cookies.  It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that we can forget to stop and appreciate the little blessings around us…like the smell of baking cookies!

Go after what you want.  How often don’t we grown ups talking about wanting more, doing more, and needing more but we never really define more and most of the time we just talk about the more, we don’t do anything about it.  This four-year old picked out her cookie while they were still in the oven and she wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of making that her cookie!

Take the time to watch a cookie bake (or the paint dry or the grass grow).  Life is not always about the product (although goals are very important), sometimes it’s about the process.  It’s about the journey and not just the destination.  In this case it wasn’t just about eating a finished cookie, it was about the measuring, mixing, and baking process.

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