I have 3 wooden steps that lead up to my front porch. They aren’t steep, nor are they narrow, but they are spaced far enough apart to create a gap between the steps.
I also have a very small dog who has no problem running down the steps, however, when it comes to climbing up them to come back inside, well, then it’s a problem.
Except when it isn’t.
See, she can easily jump up the steps. She can even jump over the final step. She does it half the time. But the other half, she ends up sitting at the bottom of the steps, wagging her tail and waiting for someone to come down and pick her up.
Now, it’s not that she’s stronger on the days she climbs them, nor is she smarter.
Nor do the steps change in any way.
No, the times she easily navigates those steps are the times she doesn’t think about it. She’s busy doing something else and when it’s time to come inside, and she’s called, she doesn’t stop to think about their size or to wonder if she can, she just jumps up the stairs.
She doesn’t think about how she can’t. And so she can.
We all have those steps in our lives; those situations that on certain days seem insurmountable. And the more we think about them, worry about them, stare at them, the more convinced we become that we “can’t.” And then we allow that thought to paralyze us and we are stuck.
As we head into a new week, don’t allow the steps in your life, whatever they may be, to overwhelm you. Don’t make them bigger than they are. You’ve hurdled them before. You’ve climbed them in the past.
Of course, you will do it again.
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