When you burn a girl a CD, she will listen to it every single moment she is awake.
After she has listened to it approximately 25 times, she will ask you to print off the lyrics for each song.
After you print off the lyrics, she will sing along.
As she sings along, you begin to pick up the lyrics as well.
After you can sing every song on the CD, some phrases begin to stick out.
As you ponder those phrases, you begin to apply them to certain life experiences.
Those life experiences remind you of other songs, which makes you go to i-Tunes and download them.
After you’ve downloaded those other songs, your daughter hears them and asks you to burn her a new CD.
And, when you burn a girl a CD, she will listen to it every single moment she is awake.
Currently, I am stuck on a small phrase from Jason Mraz’s song “I’m Yours” that goes
I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some.
Now, I really love this song. Love, love love love looooove… Besides its cute island vibe and catchy tune, I love the message that you have to step forward to meet life with arms wide open, letting go of your rigid expectations and making the best of what you’re given.
I have decided that from this point on, whether than saying “win or lose” at my house, we’re adopting “win or learn”. Isn’t that a great philosophy? Earlier today, Hannah and Anthony and I played a game of Candyland, which is what sparked this whole thought process. (Did you hear the scream when Anthony lost? I know it was probably muffled by thunder, but still… that kid has LUNGS.) The first thing that popped into my head was this song. (Truthfully, the first thing I thought was, “Oh, honestly.” Followed immediately by, “My EARS!!! My HEAD!!!”) We had the good-sport discussion, and while he’s three and completely uninterested in the whole “it’s just fun to play” thing, I still tried to teach him that his participation was more important than who got to King Candy the fastest.
(You know, because “learn” is the hopeful outcome of “teach”.)
The point I’m trying to make is, every day presents a new set of experiences for me to navigate through. The days that seem to go best for me are the days I open up my mind and open up my plans and just enjoy the day’s offerings. When something goes wrong, or something unexpected comes up, if I look at it from a “what can I learn” perspective**, rather than labeling it a disaster, then there should be more “win” days and less “learn” ones. Either that, or I’ll just be the most learned mother alive.
Which is also a win, right?
(View the “I’m Yours” video here.)