Stepping out


Taking the initiative in life is a talent each of us should cultivate; relying first on ourselves ultimately results in others recognizing our skills. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

As a parent one of life’s greatest wonders happens when a child shows initiative. A number of years ago my son Daniel was charged with coming up with a school project that would teach him discipline, skill, and persistence. At the time he was part of our homeschool so we relied heavily on our students’ ability to think creatively and work without a great deal of supervision. Dan was working at a local bike shop at the time building bikes, so I figured he would come up with some sort of project connected with bikes. You can imagine my surprise when he walked into my office and announced that he was going to take apart the engine on a an old car I kept in a barn nearby. While he didn’t get the entire engine apart, he did succeed in removing a number of parts, all without my prompting. I was impressed with his initiative and he scored high on that project.

Daniel owned that project from the start. I provided the car and the encouragement, he did the rest. Taking the initiative in life is a talent each of us should cultivate; relying first on ourselves may result in a domino affect.