As I travelled to my office this morning, my shoulders were tensed, stomach knotted, and my right foot was firmly planted on the floor of the foot-well – where the brake pedal should be. However, as I was in the passenger seat, no amount of pressure by my right foot would cause the car to stop, regardless of my willpower. I was being chauffeured by my 16 year old learner driver.
I might add here that, having been blessed with twin sons, we actually have two brand new learner drivers in our household – a phenomenon that was unforeseen as we welcomed our gorgeous boys into the world back in June, 2000.
As I consider the stage of life we are now in, it occurs to me that we might as well keep our L plates handy, because hardly a year goes by without a new challenge to expand our abilities or our perspective on life.
A couple of years ago it was a major renovation of our home. Before that a major relational issue that threatened to de-rail our family. The past year or so it’s been a full household as we welcomed up to three homestays at a time to our family of six, and at some point in the future another change will be navigated as prepare for my mum to live with us.
No matter what the stage of life, there will always be new challenges to grow us and pull us forward into our future. One thing I have realised is that our ability to handle challenges and changes is greatly dependent on our perspective, and on the degree of positivity with which it is anticipated.
With my aching shoulders reminding me of this morning’s ride, which I was not quite in the head-space for, I realise that keeping our L plates handy is a good thing. It’s a reminder that as we embark on a “new thing” we will, for a time, be learners, but with perseverance, practice and self-belief, we will eventually achieve mastery and be on to the next of life’s challenges.