How to keep going when it gets hard

Most people naturally desire to improve and will make an effort to move in a direction of expansion and growth. What happens is that we will start a new thing and we will go at it for a little while at the beginning. We try a new tool, or a new way of communication or a new way of being with ourselves. Most of us get to a wobbly stage when we learn something new- a stage when our new venture doesn’t feel natural quite yet, it’s still difficult and sometimes even uncomfortable. Any pottery instructor will show you the unusable vessels that were made by his first-time students. Any child learning to walk has had their knees buckle under them or has fallen and hit their head on the table corner. And oh man, that hurts. The pride hurts, and the ego hurts and our disappointment hurts. And we are tempted to quit and be angry at ourselves for being so naive as to even try. So here I am to encourage you to be patient. Just like a loving parent would put ice on the bump and soothe the pain away, but then keep helping the child learn how to walk, so I ask you to show up for yourself: loving, consistent, encouraging, helpful and most of all filled with hope and faith for this new part of you that’s trying to grow.