Toddler’s Confidence

I wish I have it. I wish everyone has it. When a baby attempts to walk for the first time. There is no hesitation about what he wants to do. He does not worry about falling because he knows exactly what to do when it happens. Stand up and do it again. He may cry or he may laugh at himself but he will not stop trying until he gets it right.

We  were all like that when we were babies. What happened between then and now?

We grew up.

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Eulogy to my Old Shoes

How long has it been? three, four years? I’ve lost count. It’s not the amount of time that we’ve been together that matters but the places we’ve gone to together. You accompanied me through successes and failures, you endured my care-free nature that took its toll on your health. What started as an awkward, uncomfortable relationship bloomed to a partnership that is hard to break. But breaking up the relationship is what we must do. Your time to retire from loyal service has come. We need to move on, I need to move on. I am set to reach new frontiers in my life, setmy feet on new adventures. I’m very sorry to leave you behind but I realize that being together can get us nowhere.  I already accepted the fact that my new set of shoes will not be able to provide me the same kind of comfort that we worked so hard to develop between us but I am also confident that in time and with some effort we can be more comfortable with each other, the way we were.

This is true with you and I my old pair of shoes as it is with the changes that happen in my life. They are all painful at first, scary even but I know that the only way to move forward in this life is to take some risk and try new things.

Thank you for your service, I’m moving on now.

Stick Your Neck Out

Turtle

You can’t move forward if you do not stick your neck out. A turtle retreats to its shell when it senses danger. It’s this behavior that keeps it safe from some predators. We do this a lot of times, we retreat to our own shells when we are facing risks or when we are challenged. We sometimes forget that turtles stay where they are when they are stuck inside their shell and the only way to move forward is to stick their neck out and take a risk…

Take a risk in life, stick your neck out, that is the only way to move forward.