For all of the excitement that trying new things can bring, there is a lot panic, fear, and tears that accompany change. Let's face it, growing is painful. Sometimes, our little Mr. Ninja still awakens in the night, crying from the growing pains in his legs. This kind of pain requires a patient mom or dad to rub and rub those legs until they feel better- something I remember my father doing for me when I was a little girl going through the same thing. After a few minutes or so, the pain goes away and sleep quickly returns.
Yet, those pains are important. No one wants to remain the size of a six year old forever. We must grow up and into the person we are meant to be. And when we start to hurt, we can count on our friends and family to gently rub away our pain, by offering understanding, validation, laughter, and love. This, I believe, gives us courage and strength to walk through whatever circumstances required of us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: " A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends." Here's wishing you a happy new year filled with love and friendship and all the growing pains you dare to handle.