I Can Skip Rocks! (Or How I Made Rocks Dance On The Water)

By | May 31, 2010

This is something I always wanted to do. Seriously. Skipping rocks always had a magic aura attached to it. To see the rocks dancing, jumping on top of the water was akin to watching a highly-skilled magic show. Don’t laugh. It is true. I held skippers in great regard. How do you make rocks do that? I know, physics 101. Aside from that, I mean. The hand movement. Visualizing the trajectory, choosing the perfect rock. I went over this again and again but I never got it right. Until yesterday that is. I watched my husband do it, he is a great skipper. So I picked up a rock, felt it in my hand, skimmed the water with my eyes and … believed I could do it. No, I did not just tell myself I could do it. For a few moments before throwing the rock, I felt I could do it. And the rock bearing my touch danced on top of the water, skipped three times and went in. My heart started skipping with a sense of pride that I just wish I could find the right words for. Small thing, you say? It might look like that if one chooses to see just the rock skipping – an empowering achievement nonetheless – and nothing else. If I could do this, I could do more. All it took was changing my belief. I needed to feel I could do it. So I will change my belief on other things I want to do. Pretty cool, I must say. If I can make rocks dance on the water, there are a myriad of other things I can make happen.

And you can too. Give it a try today. Come on, there must be something you always wanted to do but you were held back by that nagging “I can’t” thought. Believe you can do it, and visualize your trajectory. That includes careful planning and some risk assessment if you will, but nothing will change the belief that you can. And that is the solid foundation you’ll build on. Start building today. Take small steps if you wish. Like skipping rocks…

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