My youngest grandchild, Finny, is putting all the pieces together to walk. So his mom sent me a video and I had an "aha" moment.
This isn't the first time he's tried to walk. It's been going on for months. The beginning involved him trusting the person catching him and moving beyond his fear of instability. Those of us in the "crowd" cheered and clapped and encouraged. He persevered for quite some time, and after numerous tries, he resorted back to crawling.
Although walking is hard and exhausting, Finny didn't say, "I'm never doing that again". Nope! He put up with all the adults in his life leaning him on couches and encouraging him to step out in faith. And you know what...that encouragement made the difference in his effort to try or not try.
Then, one day, when no one was encouraging him, Finny just got up and wobbled, putting quite a few steps together. Some times he would go farther, and some times he'd just plop down right away. Finally, he managed to get across the whole room. Walking, falling, getting back up, repeat. You could see that the light bulb went off for him.
So, I found myself reflecting on his tenacity to not give up. Sure, the cheerleaders helped. But c'mon, after awhile that falling had to be exhausting. He was driven. He wanted it bad.
He was tired of his older siblings running around him in circles while all he could do was watch. He was tired of sitting in the stroller while Rylie and Jace ran all over the zoo. And then there was those times he was put in the jumpy jump while everyone else sat on the couch relaxing. He wanted to explore. He wanted freedom. He wanted it all bad enough, and he didn't care how many times he had to fall down.
There are several things in my life that I have not been able to succeed at...or, let's just say, meet my goal. So I sat back and asked myself, "Terri, how bad do you want it?" And then I was flooded with the "yeah, buts". All just excuses. Adulting is no excuse. Either I don't really want it as bad as I thought, or I haven't really given in all I have. Just how bad do I want it? And that, my friends, is what I've been thinking on for the past week. Watch out...it will happen to you now. But it's a good thing. Children are the BEST teachers.
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