I took this little cutie pie ice skating for her 1/2 birthday treat.
She requested to go ice skating, and I'll admit I was a little nervous about how much she would enjoy it because she had never been before. I warned her that she might not like it because it is tricky to get used to balancing on the ice, and I told her to expect to fall down.
Undeterred, she laced up her skates, and we hit the rink.
She stayed latched on to the rail the first few rounds, as her feet found their balance.
But then she started to get the hang of it and really did amazingly well for her first time. She ventured away from the railing and managed to stay upright most of the time.
At one point I asked her if she wanted me to let her go around by herself since she was doing so well, and she said something that I thought was very profound.
I want you to stay by me because when I fall, I know I'll need your help getting up.
Did you notice she didn't say "if I fall"?
Even in her childish innocence, she knew for certain that there was no way she was going to go around without falling. And she knew that after she fell, the ice would be slippery. Gravity would want her to stay down.
And she would need my help getting up.
I thought it was so insightful of her to accept the fact that she would indeed be falling down. She didn't have any illusion that since she had been around the rink a couple of times she would now be mistake-free.
She also wasn't afraid of falling. She accepted it as part of the process, and embraced it as part of the experience of ice skating. She was confident and excited about learning to ice skate, but she knew she would still fall occasionally.
She didn't beg me to stay nearby to keep her from falling. She wasn't expecting my experience and strength to prevent her from making mistakes.
She merely asked for my help in getting up after she was down.
It struck me that this is the attitude we should take in life.
Whether it is in the realm of parenting, homeschooling, leading a group, teaching, blogging, or whatever new endeavor we undertake. What if we accepted the fact that we would make mistakes and need help getting back up?
I think this is why it is so important to have a support system in place for when The Falling Time comes. Your local homeschool support group, MOPS group, ladies bible study, online support group all can be your lifeline when you fall down.
Even if your support system is one or two family members or close friends, you need someone to be nearby because you'll need their help when you fall down.
Make it your mission to find a support system and keep them nearby so when you fall down they can help you get back up.
My girlie did pretty well for her first time on the ice. And when she fell down, I was right there to help her get up.
"Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up." (Eccl. 4:9-10)