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When Babies Fall Down

In Inspirational, Motivational, Philosophy on October 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

Since having a child, I’m not sure if he’s learned more from me or me from him. Two weeks after his first birthday he’s making it around the house by either crawling or walking with the aid of whatever furniture is nearby. Earlier today he and I were in my office room. I took a break and pulled him from his bouncer to let him explore and play. After we shared a few laughs he crawled toward the desk, grabbed ahold and balanced himself to his feet. In his excitement he turned around toward the bouncer and began to move in its direction. He quickly lost balance and fell on his butt. Whenever he falls I am sure to not make a big deal of it and I let him recover on his own (if he’s not hurt of course). This time I observed his response a little closer than usual out of pure curiosity. What profound lessons I find in many of his most innocence basic actions. When he fell (within arm’s reach of me) he instinctively knew what to do. After the initial shock of the fall was absorbed by his diaper padded baby butt, he tensed his body to keep from falling completely flat while balancing out a stable seated position. He then immediately reached for the desk that he was last holding, grabbed it and quickly rose back to his feet.

How powerful is this simple act that he’ll never remember? We all fall. The question is what do we do after the initial shock? The first thing he did was to stop the fall from progressing with all the power he had. He didn’t give up and allow himself to end up flat and motionless. In fact he never stopped moving. I also found it interesting that my son did not look to me for help. He paid me no attention and did not wait to be rescued. Without time to think he grabbed a hold of the last thing he knew to be solid. No time was wasted crying, complaining about being on his butt or blaming his feeble legs for failing him. He didn’t pout to gain pity from anyone or accept the fallen position as final. He just got back up and continued to focus on where he was trying to go in the first place.

                                       

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