Every day we stand on a precipice.
Every day we make a decision to either whither back in fear, or to let go – take the step – and trust that we have wings to fly.
This was never so clear to me as it was yesterday as I watched a child trying to learn how to ride a bicycle.
Patiently her mom guided her on the bike, providing instructions, guidance, and a gentle push. After countless starts and stops I witnessed her find success.
She HAD it.
She was balanced on that two-wheeler, peddling her legs as fast as she could, and she FLEW.
One minute she’s not thinking, not focused on the fact that she’s balancing on a bike all on her own and then…
Fear got ahold of her.
She put her feet down, let go of the handle bars, and bailed off that bike.
but, friend, SHE HAD IT!
She had it until she thought about it and let fear distract her from what she was doing and where she was going.
The bike didn’t fail, there were no distractions to disrupt her path, no one to discourage or dissuade her.
Friend, I saw her face and I recognized the fear on it. I recognized the moment when she lost faith and trust in herself and she gave up.
I recognized it, because I have been there.
We’ve all been there.
We’ve stood on the precipice of… something…
A job change, a new relationship or adventure, a move, something that lurked outside of our cozy comfort zones, something that caused us to question ourselves in some way…
and we’ve put our feet down, let go of the handle bars, and bailed.
We’ve let fear distract us from where we were going and what we were doing.
Worse, we’ve lost faith and trust in ourselves and we’ve given up.
Maybe I speak too boldly, assuming others suffer from the same debilitating fear that I do, but I don’t think so… and if this resonates with you at all, friend, I invite you to let go with me.
Let go of the fear, the worry, the anxiety and insecurity.
Let go of the doubt, the uncertainty, the hesitation, and anything that holds you back and prevents you from grabbing hold off whatever it is you are afraid to grasp.
That little girl was afraid to maintain her hold on that bicycle. Afraid she’d fall and fail.
As soon as she let go of the fear, and – instead – held onto the handlebars she was free to go wherever she wanted.
And she did.
I’m going to follow her path.
Friend, let’s let go, take the step, and fly.
Your Trusted Friend ❤
“She had it until she thought she didn’t”.
This is a lovely story, and one with an unsung hero, the mom! Do it, but take advice, let people help you on your way.
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That pesky mind getting in the way of what we’re capable of… and YES, that mom was a hero. Teaching a kid to ride a bike is a process! We certainly need all the help we can get along the way.