So many lessons and reminders can be extracted from time spent with babies and young children if you pay attention. Right before little Ava started climbing the stairs this morning, I wondered: What will I write about next? Within minutes, I had my answer.
Ava’s mom (my daughter) left Ava and me downstairs in the family room and disappeared up the stairs to take a shower, which of course is something of a luxury for mothers of little ones, especially when you’re in transition between homes in an environment that hasn’t been babyproofed and don’t have access to the various aids and equipment that make life with newly mobile babies easier. (Back in the day, the original Exersaucer made it possible for me to take showers!)
As soon as she saw her mother disappear up the stairs, Ava lost interest in the toys she had been exploring and started crawling toward the stairs fueled by a burning desire to be in her mother’s presence. In addition to reinforcing the strength of the mother-child bond, she taught me that…
If you want to get to the top of the stairs, focus only on climbing the stairs. And keep in mind why you want to get to the top of the stairs. (Maybe because when you get there, you will be nearer to your mother, and won’t it feel great to hear her voice and see her smile!) Pay attention to where your hands are, where your feet are, how your weight is distributed, the sequence of movements that get you successfully from one step to the next.
Focus on one step at a time, and give it your full attention and effort. And be patient! Let love, curiosity, and the feeling of your wish fulfilled propel you forward.
Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by sounds or wondering where other people are or exploring tiny pieces of leaves (with both your hand and your mouth, of course) or turning around and looking behind you because multitasking compromises your concentration on the task at hand, and looking back might throw you off balance and send you tumbling to the bottom of the stairs! That’s not to say there’s no value in pausing to explore a leaf if you find it intriguing, but don’t lose sight of the reality that you are perched precariously on the stairs and haven’t yet mastered your stair-climbing or balancing skills, both of which call for focused attention at this stage of the game!
Allow your determination and desire to attain your goal to overshadow any doubts you may have about your ability to succeed. Move confidently in the direction of what you love.
If you slide down a step, no worries. Learn from it. And trust that the Universe wants you to learn and grow and will support you, and there will be someone to catch you if you fall. Focus single-mindedly on climbing to the top of the stairs, and you will reach your goal.
This morning’s mindfulness and manifestation reminder is brought to you by Ava (with a little Dr. Wayne Dyer and Abraham thrown in) and a couple grainy cell phone snapshots because she was moving quickly, like a newly hatched turtle intent on reaching the water, and I didn’t have time to grab my “real” camera. Wishing you a fruitful week of making progress toward whatever goal is dearest to your heart and having gratitude for all the gifts and blessings that are already in your life!
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