“Let me fall if I must fall. The one I become will catch me.”
I think one of my favorite words is the word “becoming”. It is such a positive, hopeful word.
There’s an awesome talk by Dallin H. Oaks, a leader in my church called “The Challenge to Become“. He talks about how the end result is not always the most important thing; it is the journey we take to become that. Who we are now is not as important as who we become.
Similarly, one of my favorite poems, “Ithaka” talks about the same thing. It’s about the journey. Not the final destination. I talked about this poem here.
When I look at my kids, what I love watching the most, is who they are becoming.
Don’t get me wrong. I love who they are now. And I want to freeze the moment in time, and even go back in time as it’s going by too fast.
But since I can’t do that, I love watching, observing, supporting and admiring who they are becoming. I love who I know they will be in the future. I love watching them become who they were meant to be. And learn who they were meant to be. All the challenges they have in their life help them build character and they become stronger because of those experiences.
I love how this quote talks about failing, and falling, because we will all do that many times! But we can have confidence that who we have become because of the challenge will be there to catch us.
Isn’t that beautiful and so hopeful?