Remember when you were a child and you would play jump rope? I do. I remember being on the sidewalk in my neighborhood with my pigtail and tennis shoes, jumping rope with my friends. When I first started learning I practically sucked at it. The rope would get caught under my feet. I’d even trip and fall sometimes for my lack of experience and consistency in jumping over the rope. I recall even being smacked in the face a few times by the rope. (Come on… you know you’ve had that happen before – lol). Eventually as time went on, I became, what I felt was a pro at jumping rope. Don’t get confused, I never accomplished the art of double dutch, but simple jump rope, I couldn’t be stopped. Wait. So I thought. Even after years and years of knowing how to jump rope, from time to time, I’d get tangled in the rope. My feet wouldn’t execute the perfect move to keep the rope from sweeping against my legs rather than on the ground and under my feet. I didn’t always win the neighborhood competition in who could jump the longest without getting tripped or stumbled by the rope. Yet, the next time I was outside with my friends, I didn’t shy away from claiming I was the best ‘jump roper’ in the neighborhood.
When was the last time you focused on the perfect footing to miss the rope and move forward? When was the last time that you didn’t give up just because you tripped a little bit, faced a hard time, or got hit by the jump rope? Life is all about challenges. The things that are sometimes posed to us aren’t the kindest or most forgiving. In fact, it sometimes seems life tries its best to keep us off-balance and further away from our happiness. The good news is that we have the ability to counteract those unforgiving moments with the most positive thoughts and actions we can muster up. We are equipped to become pros at positivity, optimism, and determination. Keep jumping. Keep practicing that good footing. Even if you have to catch your bearings, get ready to jump again. Your happiness depends on it.
I may not be that same little girl on the sidewalk with the pigtail and tennis shoes, but I am the same person that desires to maintain a level of happiness that will keep me through all of life’s ups and downs. Therefore, I’m stopping this post now so I can get back to jumping!!! 😉