I Knew You Could


By Alpha Miguel-Sanford

On the last day my daughter attended preschool, her teacher Ms. Eastwood gave her the book I Knew You Could: A Book for all the Stops in your Life by Craig Dorfman as a gift. That night, we read the book together and for the first time I was teary-eyed, reading a children’s book.

I was teary-eyed because of how the book spoke to me, as a Mom and also as a personal development writer.

It was also not just a children’s book to begin with. It was more than that.

It made me think of how my daughter has come a long way from being an infant to a soon-to-be-kindergarten student. It also made me realize that Ms. Eastwood did not just give this book to my daughter just because it was the end of the school year but because she knew that this book has a tremendous impact not just at this stage of her life but in all the years that my daughter will go through.

Today, I will be sharing with you most of the contents of the book. And at the end of this post, I would like to ask you to do one thing (so keep reading).

Here are my favorite parts:

I knew you could! And you knew it, too –
That you’d come out on top after all you’ve been through.
And from here you’ll go farther and see brand-new sights.
You’ll face brand-new hills that rise to new heights.
I wish I could show you the stops that you’ll visit,
But that isn’t my choice to make for you, is it?
Instead, I can tell you some lessons and tales
That I’ve learned and relearned in my time on the rails.
First of all, you must find your own track,
So you can start right away and not be held back.
But which track is yours? Well, that all depends
On which way it’s going and where it might end.
On your new trip, you’ll make plenty of stops,
In deep river valleys and on high mountaintops.
Some will surprise you and some will be planned,
And you’ll roll through each one saying, “I think I can!”
Here’s some advice to help ease your doubt:
The track you took in must also go out.
So, steady yourself and just keep on going –
Before you know it, some light will be showing.
Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn,
If you need to be heard of there are people to warn.
Or if being yourself just makes you so proud,
That you want to share it and sing it out loud.
On the days when you’re sad and feel you can’t go,
Speak up and ask a friend for a tow.
That’s what friends do, so don’t be afraid.
You’d do the same if your friend needed aid.
Try to remember that the world is so wide,
Full of all kinds of people with their own trains to ride.
Just stay true to yourself as you travel your track,
With no second-guessing and no looking back.
Once you’re on the right track, you’ll probably say,
“This one is mine – I’m here to stay.”
Try to enjoy the track that you choose –
Stop now and then to take in the views.
You’ll need all that strength on the days when you’re stuck,
Or tired, or sad, or just out of luck
When your belief in yourself doesn’t feel quite so pure,
And your, “I think I can” doesn’t sound quite so sure.
That’s when to push and to strive and to strain,
To show the world you’re not giving-up train.
And you’re wise if you know that doing your best
Means that sometimes you should just slow down and rest.
There’s more to life that you’ll learn as you go,
Because figuring things out on your own helps you grow.
Just trust in yourself, and you’ll climb every hill.
Say, “I think I can!” and you know what?
You will!

So, what is your favorite part? Share which part/s spoke to you today?

About the Author: Alpha Miguel-Sanford, is the founder and editor of Aspire.Motivate.Succeed, a personal development website, with the vision of educating and inspiring individuals in their pursuit of happiness and success. You can contact her at amsdaily@yahoo.com, follow and like her on Facebook Page AMSDaily and be friends with her on Twitter @identitysolved.