But He Persists

I love everything about this:

Leo’s working hard to do something he’s never done before. He’s just turned one, and he doesn’t know how to walk (yet).

There are no really useful books or videos on how to walk. It’s something he has to figure out on his own. But instead of waiting on the couch until the day he’s ready to proudly strut across the room, he’s there, on the floor, every day, trying it out.

He’s already discovered a hundred ways that don’t work, and stumbled countless times.

But he persists.

I don’t know about you, but this is precisely the way I learned how to walk as well.

In fact, it’s the way I learned how to do just about everything important. By doing it.

Amen and amen.

I think I’m at a place in my personal and professional development where I’m beginning to tackle new and exciting challenges. It doesn’t feel that way, all the time (most of the time) but I know it’s happening.

Part of the process of being in a place where I can be challenged by new and exciting things is making sure that I have the margin to engage with them.

I read an interesting article the other day about the scientific link between boredom and creativity:

Indeed, research suggests that people who want to come up with creative ideas would do well to let their minds drift.

And…

Boredom, by contrast, is an opportunity for us to meet our own needs—to turn inward rather than outward and tend our emotions, interact with our creativity, and give our brains a break.

Huh.

I don’t feel bored… not even in the slightest. But, I can definitely say that I feel alive, with thoughts and emotions and ideas and dreams. This is good, this is very good.

And it all comes back to trying it, doing it. You and I must persist.


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