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Look, I Fell Down!

I’m fortunate to have 3 grandchildren under the age of 4 and yes, it’s as fun as everyone says.

There’s joy in watching them grow but there’s also a BIG LESSON. Here it is…

They fail… a lot. And they do it with a big smile. They fall down, the say words wrong, they make ridiculous observations about us…

How about us? When did learning become something SO serious. We get older and suddenly we have to be good at everything? If we have to learn something new we get impatient, even angry at ourselves for not:

learning fast enough/being smart enough/knowing how to do it and on and on.

If you aren’t “falling down” regularly, you are probably not learning very much. That’s why being a parent is an interesting journey. You are guaranteed to fail regularly (whether you realize it or not!)

Today, you have a choice. Learn something new, take a chance. I’m getting ready to learn a new kind of art. I’m a little freaked out. What if people tell me they don’t like it. What if the stuff looks ugly? This is what risk takers face everyday.

Write down the top 3 risks you are taking this week/month/year. You can tell if it’s a real risk if you feel like talking yourself out of doing it and you have all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it worked out in your head. So please, fall down, take that risk. Tell me about the risks you’re taking and I’ll keep you up to date about my art experiment. Everyday I’m talking myself out it so I know it’ll be worthwhile.

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4 Responses
  • Heather
    May 24, 2012

    Great post! 🙂

  • Deborah
    May 24, 2012

    thanks — and very timely eh? loved the footage!

  • Issa Waters
    May 24, 2012

    Awww! I love that you used a photo of Dylan for this post. That’s such a great smile and it illustrates your point so well, because he IS so ready to fall, and always so ready to get back up again. I’d love it if you would correct the photo credit at the bottom to say either LoveLiveGrow or – thanks!

  • Deborah
    May 25, 2012

    Issa, thanks! I changed the credit — thank you for letting me know. love, love, love this photo. My grandson just started walking too! They teach us so much.

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