I watched the movie above (What About Bob?) when I was about twelve-years-old.
The brain of a 12 year-old is in the middle stage of a certain development and “As they move towards the next stage, Identity vs Role Confusion (around age 12), they begin to form values and challenge the self-confidence they have built over the preceding years. During this new phase, they seek to find the identity they will take with them into adulthood, along with the peers they feel reflect their values and sense of self.”
It is therefore not too surprising that I remember quite a few of the scenes from this movie. But there is one thing in particular that I remember….and as per the quotation above, it is also not surprising that it is something that I have carried with me my whole life…..and can still be heard saying repeatedly, “Baby Steps”.
There are parts of life where the baby steps approach can be very beneficial – particularly when directed towards achieving a goal or dream; or dealing with a painful experience.
It’s about taking it one small step at a time – sometimes about just getting through THIS hour, before worrying about the next.
It’s about doing what you can, when you can, with what you have, when you have it.
If you can’t do it all in this hour, or this day, then remain hopeful that you will be granted more hours and more days, and keep trying. Baby steps.
And even if you only have five minutes and do only one thing – do it excellently!
And don’t forget to breathe! 😉