Were You a Messy Eater as a Baby?
Sometimes the things we deem wrong are the very things that will help us get ahead in the long run.
From infants to adults, we are told that certain things are "bad" or "wrong" when really they may be just the things we need to do in order to get ahead of the game or advance ourselves.
Let babies get messy
It starts early on in life-- when we're babies, actually. By the time we have babies of our own, we become the ones that say, "No" to the 'bad' things they do, like making a mess, for example. The truth here is that if your baby is being messy, let him. This is a good sign, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Iowa. Little ones who aren't afraid to get messy with their non-solid foods in highchairs are quicker learners with words for foods than those who are apprehensive to touch, feel, and make a mess of their meals.
This isn't to say that you should let your toddler chuck a spoonful of peas across the room, of course, but if he or she is interested and curious in the texture of their food, let them explore and experiment, even it it does create a bit of a mess. Sometimes messy is a good thing!
Let yourself say no
We are always encouraged to say, "Yes!" to each new opportunity, every invitation. But, the thing is that if you say yes to all of these things, you'll either overwhelm yourself or soon just flat-out get burnt out to the extent that you won't want to do anything at all-- even the things you enjoy the most! That's no fun for anyone, so yes, while it's good to get yourself out there and active in different situations and scenarios both for fun and for work, it is also just as important to say, "No," sometimes, as well.
For example, if you say "yes" all the time to staying late in the office, you are inadvertently saying "no" to your relationship. Is it really that worth it? While saying "Yes" isn't something you should ever quit," saying "no" a healthy amount is a great thing to implement for your own personal sanity, satisfaction, and happiness.
Let go or be dragged
If there is anything to keep in the back of your head, it is simply the statement, "Let go or be dragged." There's a reason and a season for any and every occurrence, whether it be a friend, relationship, or even a job, in your life. Some of these are more permanent than others, but it's best to know when something good turns bad-- something healthy starts to bring you down.
When you notice your energy feeling lower than usual and your moods abnormally off, it is best to reanalyze your life choices, including those very occurrences. Perhaps it is time to let go of something that was only meant to be for a reason, or more than that, to teach you a lesson. The part we all struggle with is the let-go at the end. If we don't, then it's all too often that this quote rings so true it hurts, "Let go, or be dragged." While the act of letting go is far from easy, it is sometimes the necessary step to move on in the direction you wish to regain direction and happiness.