Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Mental blocks...

Its interesting how much time it takes for the human mind to adapt to change when its had one way of doing things for so long, heck it doesn't even have to be so long.

Presently we are in the process of potty training our 2 year old son Samuel. Its interesting to see behaviors in him that I know apply just as well to myself. For example, he's proven in running around for a few days without diapers that he's perfectly capable of "holding it" as long as he wants, but what is hard is making the mental shift from going in a diaper to going in a potty. He just doesn't want to make that change.

For us, as the title of the whole blog states, we find it takes time, a fair bit of it, for real lasting change to take place. As I mentioned in the last post we sold our last and only partially functioning vehicle a few weeks ago, and interestingly found that having that car around even if not driving it, was a mental block in and of itself.

Nickie's parents live about 17 miles south of us, and so far we'd been pretty hesitant to make the trek on bike between her being pregnant and just having it in our heads that 35mile round trip days with kids and stuff in tow was too much.

Well with the car being gone, this last Sunday morning we woke up and I thought "what the heck, why not", so I posed the idea to Nickie. After talking through the logistics of nap time and such we decided to give it a go. It turned out to be totally fine, in fact quite enjoyable. There was one point where we were stopped by the side of the highway for 25 minutes while she nursed our 1.5 month old, but then resumed our journey without incident.

Also, on a slightly unrelated note, we put money down on a new battery for Nickie's electric assist as there was a problem with the first supplier. So she's pretty excited to finally get that up and running to make trips to neighboring towns something she can easily perform by herself. Looks like Christmas is coming right on time instead of July as we first thought after all ;)

Well, hopefully Nickie and I as well as Samuel will continue to realize that we are capable of more change than we first suppose.