13 Mar Let’s Go Fly A Kite
I learned a life-lesson recently while watching a cartoon. I know this says a lot about me and my learning style, and if you feel you need to stop reading this I can fully understand. However, if you’re in the least bit curious and wonder if my “revelation” will speak to you too, please hear me out.
Peppa Pig is my granddaughter’s favorite tv show, but if you’ve never heard of Peppa, here’s my brief synopsis of the show: Peppa is a cheeky little British pig who lives with her brother George, Mommy Pig and Daddy Pig. They’re a loving and caring family of pigs and the whole show is just too darn cute.
Anyway, one day as I was pretending not to watch, I heard Peppa whine to her parents that although she was running as fast as she could, she couldn’t get her kite to fly. Daddy Pig wisely tells her that it wasn’t that she wasn’t running fast enough or hard enough, the kite just won’t fly if there’s no wind. Then of course the wind picks up and Peppa & George begin running as hard as they can and merrily fly their kite into the sunset (sorta).
What I realized from Daddy Pig’s wisdom is how often I try to get areas of my life to take flight when there’s no wind beneath them to make them soar. And no matter how hard I try or how fast I run, if the wind isn’t there to give them wings, they aren’t going to fly.
You’re probably really wondering what the heck I”m talking about, so let me try and explain. We’re already two months into 2015, and I’ve already realized that some of the goals I set for this year were in need of re-evaluation. Take for example my exercise goals. I started out with a wonderful plan of how many times I would go walking each week to meet my weight & health goals. But by the end of January it was obvious that there wasn’t even a breeze, much less a wind, helping to blow me out of bed to go walking. No matter how much I wanted to exercise, my plan to fulfill this goal needed to be re-evaluated and revamped.
All it took was finding a way to exercise that didn’t include being outside in the freezing weather. But like Peppa, once I found the wind I still had to run to make “my kite” fly – ie I still have to go down to my basement and use the equipment I bought. But the desire to soar in this area of my life is greater than my desire to stay in bed, so I’m happy to say that currently I’m making progress.
I’m not suggesting you give up on your dreams and goals, but I am encouraging you to find the direction of the wind that will help get you where you want to go. If you’re running as hard as you can and what you’re doing still isn’t working, then maybe it’s time to check the direction of the wind and find out what it will take for you to get in the current so you can soar. Sometimes it helps to have a friend help you; maybe they’ll see something you’re overlooking or help you when you’re too discouraged to look for the wind. Someone who can be the wind beneath your wings, so to say. If I can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.