What If No Second Chances?

A friend of mine told me they added a dog to their human family of 4. The husband was a regular runner hitting the streets for exercise daily.

As a consistent runner with my own dog I said to him that will be a great time to bond with your new family member. He said “I tried it once and the dog’s leash got tangled in my feet as she ran in front of me almost tripping me. I didn’t want people to think I’m a klutz so no more running with the dog.”

Really? What if nobody gave me or you a second or third chance after the first time trying to run, ride a bike, hit a tennis or golf ball, or perform some other task after not doing it perfectly on the first try? We would all be sitting on the sidelines of life watching. It’s life, falling down and getting up again and again, sometimes alone, sometimes while helping others.

For me, I have to keep doing it every day; letting go of my ego and fear of failing. And you, it’s up to me to encourage you every day. If I don’t, if I let my ego get in the way by thinking you will embarrass me by not being good enough, or you’ll be better than me, I’m not doing my job.

If I do anything to hold you back, a part of me will be held back too. By supporting you I pull us forward.


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