Training Wheels

I am grateful for every lesson on my path to empowerment, and for the past week I have been especially grateful to a joyful 4-year-old girl (I am guessing her age). Last weekend, in a long neighborhood walk, we saw a few individuals and families out for walks and bike rides, away from the work-from-home, school-at-home, video-conference-from home experiences that fill our weekdays now.

I heard that little girl before I saw her across the street from the sidewalk where we walked. She was riding a small, blue bicycle with training wheels, peddling fast and determinedly. Her voice was full of joy and pride and confidence as she yelled to her father, who was riding a few feet behind her, “It’s easy with these wheels! I’m not afraid of anything, Daddy.” I AM NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING! I not only heard her words, I felt them deep inside me, and as I type this post this little girl’s proclamation still brings tears to my eyes. I can hear the joy, the exhilaration, the accomplishment in her voice and I feel uplifted and inspired.

The path to empowerment is full of inspiration, lessons, new insights, and new experiences of our own and of others. I smile at the thought that I have often needed “training wheels” before feeling and connecting with my power, and so very often it is others who have generously inspired, uplifted and encouraged me by offering their training wheels to me. How grateful I am to them all!

Today, I join that powerful little girl in proclaiming, “I am not afraid of anything.”

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