One step at a time

How do you recover from a shocking blow to an iconic marathon? The same way you train for it: one step at a time.

How do you restore a community flattened in a flash explosion? The same way you built it: one step at a time.

How do you fight a frightening disease? One step at a time.

Mountains? Finish lines? Cancer? Projects? Experiments? Recipes? Games? Training runs? Recoveries? Research? Mondays?

One step at a time.

In honor of Boston and Sandy Hook, West and the Midwest, runners and spectators, victims and heroes, teachers and students, sisters and friends, we offer full hearts and five words.

One step at a time.

We solicited help from our family for this post. Please enjoy the pictures they sent…

charlie
Charlie sent this one step at a time shot of his size sixteen foot on a New York City street on a Sunday afternoon.
Erin one step
My six-year old niece Erin took one step at a time to figure out her winning move. Thanks to her mom for sending this shot.
Katherine soap
Katherine and her friend Tiffany took one step at a time to make homemade soap on Saturday in Chicago.
Lauras
This is me and my shadow taking one step at a time through a sacred labyrinth in Appleton. The walking meditation reads: what is it to be a spiritual pilgrim but to give oneself over to the journey, to the path, to let go of the trying and to simply be led.
Livvie's
My 10-year old niece Olivia sent this stylish shot of one step at a time in pretty pink heels.
Molly
Here’s Molly’s one step at a time to apple pie.
Vince
Vince took one step at a time up these steps carrying a parking bumper during our summer boot camp class.
My 17-year old nephew Michael sent this cool graphic representation of one step at a time.
My 17-year old nephew Michael sent this cool graphic representation of one step at a time.
Vinnie sent this picture from the Farmer's Market in Madison. Here's his story: "I was walking by this little girl in pink and her mom. The girl kept asking about if they were almost to the donuts and her mom kept on saying "a couple more stands". At a certain point she latched on her mom's arm in desperation. I ran ahead to take a picture. I didn't get a chance to see them at a donut stand but I can guess that the donut she ate was probably the best one in her life. Her mom could have picked her up, but by taking things one step at a time, she taught her daughter that the wait is hard but the end reward is that much better.
Vinnie sent this picture from the Farmer’s Market in Madison. Here’s his story:
“I was walking by this little girl in pink and her mom. The girl kept asking about if they were almost to the donuts and her mom kept on saying “a couple more stands.” At a certain point she latched on her mom’s arm in desperation. I ran ahead to take a picture. I didn’t get a chance to see them at a donut stand but I can guess that the donut she ate was probably the best one in her life. Her mom could have picked her up, but by taking things one step at a time, she taught her daughter that the wait is hard but the end reward is that much better.

7 thoughts on “One step at a time

  1. Another great story. It’s so refreshing to hear & see that people do practice one step at a time especially the mom taking her little one get her a donut. Our lives today have become so fast. I see it when I work the drive through at Starbucks. So many are in such a hurry that they don’t take the time to really connect with people. Taking life one step at a time no matter what the circumstance is allows us to really think & see. Thanks Molly for another great story, what a great way to start my week. Love that Charlie participates long distance.

  2. That was great. People across this country are reeling from so much tragedy. Taking it one step at a time and holding hands will help us get through. Thank you

  3. Thank you for your comments. Ramblinann, I like the idea that we’re all holding hands and Kathryn I think a little high quality caffiene has some healing powers as well.

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