I learn so much from my kids.
Both of the boys are at ages where they’re rapidly changing at the moment – Judah in all his babyness (one milestone after another) and Levi in the midst of his toddler vocabulary explosion.
Although he’s been sitting up for a good six weeks now, just today Judah got himself up into the seated position (from laying down) all on his own. It was fun to watch, and looked completely effortless and natural.
And every day Levi says new things as if he’s been saying them all along. (Love the seemingly easy flow of words that pour out in every day conversation.)
So I’ve been thinking about these developments that seem to apprear out of nowhere.
Of course we know that there’s been lots going on behind the scenes to get them to the point of being able to sit up or articulate or whatever other development it is, but it’s easy to forget the backstory and just get swept away in the it-happened-just-like-that front end of the story.
It’s caused me to think about my own growth as an adult.
How many tiems to I get frustrated with myself when the results don’t come immediately? When the improvement isn’t overnight? When it seems like nothing visible is happening?
And yet, there’s always a back story.
There’s always a strengthening, a preparation, a foundation-laying that needs to happen first.
Pouring concrete into giant holes isn’t sexy, skyscrapers with shiny windows are.
And as cliche and over-used as the analogy is, the tallest buildings have the deepest, most grueling-to-lay foundations.
There’s a whole lot of backstory to be developed before the world sees those 78 flashy stories.
And so it goes with our lives.
Q for you: Do you ever feel frustrated when you’re in the foundation-laying stages and just want to get on with the building of skyscrapers? Or are you grateful to be living the “backstory”?
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