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The beautiful waterfall, Waterfall Glen

The beautiful waterfall, Waterfall Glen

The gorgeous, creepy creature that weaved the beautiful web in the above picture had to start somewhere. But where? And how? How does a spider start weaving its web? I guess, as they say, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step… or something like that.

One of the goals we have in mind for the future is to hike the Grand Canyon from bottom to top, with the kids. Granted, this will have to take place sometime in the future (and it may never take place at all). But, as stated above, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. And sometimes that one step is just a thought, an idea, a future goal, something to work toward.

A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

Well, our journey today took us on a 4-mile hike at Waterfall Glen in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. And nowhere did the kids learn the lesson that a journey of 1,000 miles (or hiking one more mile back to the car after hiking 3 miles on little 6-year-old legs) begins with one step, then another step, and then another.
Until you reach your goal (which, in this case, was either the parking lot, or the ice cream I promised them to keep them hiking).

In any event, in order to keep her spirits up, my little girl started making up songs that went: “Every step you take gets you closer to your goal….” My son, after telling me he couldn’t take another step, took another and another. Then smiled proudly to himself after we reached the car when I reminded him how he thought he couldn’t do it, but in actuality he could.

The last 1/2 mile of a 4-mile hike.

The last 1/2 mile of a 4-mile hike.

Spider web

I see these little victories, these little tweaks in attitude, as major life lessons. Lessons that could be applied to completing algebra homework, perfecting pirouettes, or even writing a blog post! Each little increment gets you a little closer to where you need to be. Each difficult task requires effort. And in order to reach each big goal, you need only conquer one small and manageable goal, then another, then another.

One step at a time. One foot after another. That’s how to start. That’s how to succeed. That’s how to reach goals. Whether you have eight legs or only two.

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