Saturday, April 12, 2008

Juggling: A Metaphor for Life

"Six at Once.", originally uploaded by chefranden.

Kids are resilient.

They'll try something difficult regardless of the reasons adults may not. If they look silly, get bruised, have setbacks or fail while learning and adjusting, they roll with it as being part of the process, learn from it and bounce back. The reward of getting it right is worth the effort.

The greater the challenge, the more difficult it is to try and keep trying to get it right. Some challenges can be more like juggling swords rather than little wooden blocks. But we don't go from one level of ability to the next in an instant. It's a process.

In "Lessons from the Art of Juggling" Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan suggest that if we want to grow we need to step out intentionally toward challenges, and do so with a model of excellence to guide us. With the benefit of wise instruction, we minimize the risk since we're shown how to avoid pitfalls and mistakes. We learn from mistakes by recognizing where we can or did err, and following the right way. An excellent guide inspires to keep moving forward.

"When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another." ~ Helen Keller

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