I have always been fascinated with the balance beam. I love watching the summer Olympic games, especially gymnastics. Not only is it athletic and competitive, but it is absolutely beautiful and graceful. I am amazed at the skill of the gymnasts when they get on the balance beam. With poise and control they navigate the beam and perform a beautifully choreographed routine from start to finish.....and make it look effortless. We all know it is not. Even the slightest miscalculation and they can fall.
I understand more and more the importance of a well choreographed routine in my life. Without it, my beam routine will be a disaster every time. Choreographing my daily routine takes time, thought, and yes....practice. Oftentimes I choreograph my routine in its entirety instead of building it over time. There is something to be said about building a great routine.
I can't do it all. I can't do it all at once. I also have to teach this to my children so they don't make the same mistakes I have. One thing at a time. One element at a time. It takes well-balanced walking and navigating the beam to be able to add a flip, a stunt, a turn... If I can't walk and navigate securely, I might as well add some extra padding to the uniform because I am surely going to fall hard.
I think I need to spend some time walking and navigating. The flips will come. Fancy footwork will be needed at times. I pray my dismount is amazing. It all depends on what happens along the way! As long as I stay balanced on my beam, I can dismount with joy and confidence. I'm not ready to dismount yet....though there are days! Until then, I will work on my balance until it is effortless.