I was walking out of the Park District (where my gym is) the other day when I passed a little toddler, probably no older than one and a half or so, following behind her mommy by several feet, slowly and sloppily placing one foot ahead of the other. You know what I mean — that clumsy, fake-it-till-you-make-it toddler walk that all little children create in themselves as they learn to use their own two feet. (On that thread, the following — bad quality — photo is of myself at that very time.)
If you have easy exposure to observing little children at that age, watch how much concentration it takes them to make each step. Even the two-year-olds already well versed at walking the walk slip up sometimes and often go kerplunk! They are, through consistent practice running and stomping about, in a non-self-conscious way, doing exactly what it is people like you and I are: learning to do it, and do it properly. Relentlessly, and never staying down when they stumble.
There is an explicit element of trial and error involved in neurological programming. Precision is something to be worked at over . . . and over . . . and over again. If you didn’t do it right this time, try, try again.
Is it exhausting? Yes! Is it mind-numbing? Yes! Are you going to like doing it? No! But not doing it is simply not an option, because if you think this is hard, you won’t want to know what comes as a result of neglect.
To quote one of my favorite Disney-Pixar characters, “Just keep swimming; just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!”
To our healing,