This week my Daughter finished up Kindergarten. Because she’ll attend a different school for First Grade, her entire class took a field trip to visit their new school. I was a little worried that morning. What if she was overwhelmed by the size of the building? What if the older children intimidated her? What if she didn’t want to go to First Grade?! She came home ecstatic.
“We get 2 recesses! And we get to take Math and Science and Art and Music! There’s a gym where you can play sports and the biggest library I’ve ever seen. They have Fifty One Hundred Books. There’s even a cafeteria where they cook lunch!”
This week also marked my Son’s entry into Kindergarten. His Preschool held a graduation where they pulled on the sentimental heart-strings of the parents. “They don’t stay small forever” we were told. He marched in wearing his Mortar Board looking very stoic. Once again my “Mom Gene”, programmed with worry, took over. Is he nervous? Is he upset or scared? In the end it was that he simply took this graduation very seriously. Once the music kicked in he was signing and hamming it up for the audience.
These moments certainly put some things into perspective. It also had me asking, “As adults, when did we stop celebrating the changes?”. Here, our children are running in a full sprint towards opportunity and new adventures. Meanwhile, the parents are told to cherish the few moments you have. When did we stop celebrating, and instead start hesitating? This is true beyond raising children.
Look at your career path. I think we can all agree we believe ourselves fortunate to be gainfully employed. Times are tough. But do we let that good fortune progress into comfort and complacency? I believe there comes a time where we’re programmed to fear change. Perhaps it’s because of a previous failure, or hearing about the failures of others. I would bet that even with those failures, something positive resulted. Have you turned down new responsibilities, a new job role, a new company, or a new project because you feared it was too high risk to make a change? What opportunities and experiences could you be passing up?
What if we approached these callings with the same excitement and energy we felt as kids? I say we run full tilt towards new opportunities and stop fearing what might happen and instead start celebrating what could happen.
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