We took a mini vacation to Okobjoi, IA and paddle boards were available for rent at the beach. I didn’t have to think too long before jumping up and renting one.
It’s one thing to rent one and entirely different to have the courage to get on the board! When the young man was giving me some instructions I expressed my fear of getting on and immediately falling off. He said these magic words “You can start off on your knees”. The best words ever!
I paddled off safely on my knees and then I bravely stood up. I did it! I then dropped to my knees again but each time I stood up I stayed up longer and longer until I felt confident. It is so peaceful to be out on a lake with no motors running – just the quite lapping of the water.
My wonderful friend, Renee Rongen, posted on my Facebook wall when I asked for tips on paddle boarding. She said “Just keep balancing, Miss Elizabeth”. And that’s exactly what I did.
How true is this in life and work. Just keep balancing. Sometimes we need to drop to our knees and admit we aren’t quite ready for what we want to do. But, we don’t quit. When the fear subsides we stand up again. And keep balancing.
Just keep balancing today. I believe in you.