Our little Audra is a problem solver. At just six years old, it’s not that she has a wealth of experience to help her in the challenges she faces in life. What brings her to the solutions she comes up with is total commitment to finding them.
Audra’s commitment to try, try, and try again until she succeeds, coupled with her ability to think about the root of a problem and find a unique solution helps her live a fuller, more satisfying existence in her little world. It has fringe benefits too: she inspires me. I’m someone who too easily arrives at the conclusion that something is impossible or simply needs to put off until later. Watching Audra deal with challenges in her life helps me to consider alternate approaches to my own problems and work at them, rather than just giving up. I remind myself that if my six-year-old can do it, perhaps I can too. It’s never too late to learn and grow.
Even though I think it’s unlikely I can completely change my natural tendency toward complacency when faced with problems after thirty-nine years of it, Audra has taught me that it’s at least worth trying.