Before having children I can’t say I ever really thought about how powerful we human beings are. However after watching the many accomplishments of both my children over the first year of their lives, I can now say that I am completely awe-struck at what one can do.
Think about all the ways that a baby will grow in its first year of life; their bodies learn the difference between day and night, they learn how to make sounds and then eventually how to speak words, they learn how to hold things, how to stack things, and how to throw things, they learn how to hold up their head, roll over, sit up, and then one day stand on their own two feet and walk. A baby comes into the world not capable of any of these feats and yet they learn all of these and so much more in just 12 short months! In fact, You and I learned all these things and more in our first year of life.
We all came into the world helpless and vulnerable, yet with a deep sense of trust that gave us the courage to try anything. We didn’t yet know shouldn’t, can’t, won’t, or don’t. We lived each day without doubts, inhibitions, or fears. We went for it. All of it. Whenever we wanted to. We fell down and got right back up. We failed and tried again without a second thought. It was our own inner knowing, our unbridled trust and courage teamed with an eagerness to learn and a willingness to grow that enabled us to achieve our many milestones.
On the days when I am feeling stuck in my own bubble of doubts, inhibitions, and fears. When I find myself living under the veil of shouldn’t, can’t, won’t, or don’t, I remember those early days of my children learning to walk…..Stand up, allow a moment to feel steady, let go, and take the first step.
If we can release the doubts, the inhibitions, the fears, and all the excuses we carry,
If we can learn to tune in and listen to our own inner knowing once again,
If we can feel our trust, our courage, and the same eagerness to learn and willingness to grow that we once possessed,
Imagine what one could accomplish in their entire lifetime?