Learning to roller skate takes a lot of courage for some kids, and not so much for others.
One child may be cautious and move gingerly... sticking close to something to hang on to for dear life.
Another child may fly with reckless abandon the first time they put on their skates (ahem... one of my children!)
It got me to thinking about the benefits of both personality types - both approaches to life.
I want to encourage risk-taking and adventure in my children, but I want them to feel safe, too.
How do you balance the two?
I love Eleanor Roosevelt's quote: "Do one thing each day that scares you." I wondered what I do each day that scares me and I thought: NOT MUCH.
You see, I was thinking BIG THINGS -- daring and adventurous things.
I put it out for my Facebook friends and asked them what they do each day that scares them, People's definitions of what scares them were pretty different.
Here's how it went:
Me: I'm working on a little project.... need your help. Tell me ONE THING you do in a day that scares you.... be serious, ok??
to take huge risks and do crazy things to make a leap of faith. JUST LIVING CAN
SOMETIMES BE A SCARY THING.
have a lot of time to think as you're watching your children roller skate!