Learning to Crawl Before You Can Walk

“It’s just so frustrating!”

“I wish I was further along.”

“Why can’t I just take off?”

Have you spoken those words to yourself recently? Do you feel like you are getting nowhere fast? Do you feel that others are taking off while you lag behind?

I have the wonderful experience of investing time with my grandchildren. Watching them grow and develop has been a dream come true. To have them near to us is such a pleasure. We observed our youngest trying her best to move around on her own. Just learning to crawl, she liked to stand on her feet and walk with her hands. She by-passed her knees altogether. I watched her as she watched her older sisters. As if I could read her mind, she felt like she needed to quickly catch up with them. Seeing them move freely ignited a desire to do the same. I heard the frustration in her cries as she would fall forward, face first, onto the floor. I found myself gently reminding her as I picked her up, “Baby girl, you must learn to crawl before you can walk. Trust the process.”

As a person with great ideas, ingenuity and high aspirations, it can be very frustrating watching others go by as you appear to be going nowhere fast. You try to get up and take off only to fall face forward. Well, be encouraged. Every step of the process is particularly important to your growth and development. Even in achieving, you have to trust the process. You must crawl before you can walk. Do not feel that you are not going fast enough. In each step, you will find valuable insight that will prepare you for the next phase in your growth process. To skip a step could be detrimental to your desired outcome. The result could be less than successful. Though you may feel frustrated now, it is far less painful than the feeling of lack of achievement.

So, learn to take baby steps. There is no shame in crawling. That is the beginning stages of independently taking off. You will be walking then running before you know it. I celebrate with you the progress that you have made.

Great things are happening.  Shine bright.   It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,


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