You know what I am learning this week? I am learning to not discount the perspective of others too quickly.
I don't think of myself as someone that would dismiss the ideas of others. And, yet, I did that this week because I already knew what I thought was best. I asked for input and then didn't take the time to fairly consider the input I got because it wasn't inline with what I was thinking.
Looking back, it seems like a mark of true immaturity.
Looking back, I am thankful that I recognized my mistake.
Sometimes when I am so focused on what I already know to be true, I fail to consider out of the box ideas or situations. I limit myself to what I know.
I don't want to do that. I don't want to be the kind of person that cannot see past the concrete to consider the abstract.
I didn't even contemplate all of this until my daughter showed me the frogs at Wal-mart.
We were hurriedly shopping because my To-Do list is a bit over-run with tasks. She kept saying "Fraa... Fraa!" and pointing up. I figured out she was saying frog. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why she was saying frog when we were headed to the diapers section. She wasn't just saying it, either. She was excited about the frog. It was one of those, 'what has gotten in to my 2 year old?' moments.
And, then I saw the frog face.
Now, I'll see the frog at Wal-mart everytime I visit. Just like that, something that has always been is forever changed for me. In one little trip to Wal-mart, my daughter gave me a vision of frogs and a gift of a new perspective.