Baby Steps


John Walking With Mom

John Walking With Mom

Sometimes all we need is a little support when we’re learning how to do things we’ve never done before. In the picture above, John is wearing something they call a walking harness and reins here in England. It’s designed to increase stability and confidence when young ones are learning to walk. Parents can hold onto the reins giving the illusion of total independence, while keeping the child a bit safer and somewhat close at hand.  You still see them in use here as I saw recently when we were out one day. 


There are times lately when I feel like I could use a guiding hand at the end of a set of reins. The work I’m doing these days is multi-layered and requires a good bit of  juggling.  I’m teaching myself how to do things I’ve never done before and it’s just plain hard at times. I see other people doing the very things I want to do with such ease and I forget that it often looks easy because they’ve been doing it a while. I try to remind myself of this when I feel frustrated that I haven’t moved as quickly in the creative directions I have mapped out in my mind and on paper.  On days when my frustrations threaten a total boycott of creative focus, I find myself saying, ” Baby steps, Elizabeth…walk first.” Being a runner in real life, my daily internal dialogue can mirror what goes on in my head during a race and suddenly the creative process gets bogged with chatter that sounds a bit like , “where’s the finish line, how much time do I have left to get there, who’s in front, and can I push through this pain…”  

I’ve rewritten a last paragraph five different ways and still don’t like the look it so..I’m going to finish with these last words and get back to work… remembering as I go, that baby steps are just first steps and they’ll get bigger as I grow.

4 thoughts on “Baby Steps

  1. Beautiful post and so well written. I was reading an article yesterday on saving the earth but what the author wrote can apply to so many things. He said instead of looking ahead at the finish line, we can get stuck just looking at the turn ahead and thus loose the big picture. That gave me lots to think about.

    Whatever you choose to do, I know you will do it well. You are so very talented and gifted and I enjoy sharing your journey with you.

  2. great post. sometimes it’s hard to accept that we can’t just start out running – that’s it’s necessary to learn to walk first and sometimes even need a little guidance or help.

    what a fantastic old photo of John as a toddler – i love it

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