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Texas Two Step

Texas Two Step

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Jonathan Oliver

When it comes to dancing let’s just say as a family we pray Journey will get her moves from her mother. I’m the guy in the middle of the party dancing to an entirely different rhythm than everyone else. The good thing is I’m going to have a great time regardless of if I can dance or not.
One of my closest buddies Levi is so good at doing the Texas two-step that when he is dancing he looks as smooth as an ice skater on ice. I imagine in my head when my wife and I are doing our version of the Texas two-step that I’m dancing just as good as Levi. But the truth is I more likely resemble my daughter Journey as she takes her first few steps. I have dubbed it the Jojo Texas two step. She walks two quick steps in a row then pauses to gather her balance and then takes two more steps before falling on her bottom were she says in the cutest little voice “oh oh.”
The other day she walked almost 10 whole steps before she fell on the ground and began to clap and giggle celebrating her achievement. That’s definitely something she has taken from me. She’s going to celebrate regardless if she’s the only one doing it. On June 1st Journey started crawling and a few days later, she was pulling herself up to standing. Now she is a few days away from turning 11 months and she is walking. My goodness these experiences are going by so fast!
School is starting all over the country. My Facebook news thread has been covered with friends showing their cute little angels all dressed up looking their best as they head back to school. I can only imagine it won’t be long and I will be doing the same thing with my own little bundle of joy.
One of the interesting things I’ve observed about Journey is that as she is learning to walk she is not focused on falling down. As soon as she falls down, she pops right back up again. She is completely living in the moment of experiencing something new. It is as if every time she falls down she learns something new the moment her bottom touches the ground and she is eager to jump right back up and put it to use. Once back on her feet if she took two steps before she fell, now she is more likely to take even more steps as she balances her way through the experience. So often I get so discouraged after I fall down on my own that I just stay there out of fear that I might fall again. Or when I do get back up I’m so timid and hesitant from falling down, that I do not apply the lessons life taught me in the fall. Instead I’m too focused on getting back to where I fell and worrying every step of the way. This makes it harder for me to stay light on my feet and reach places in my life I have yearned to experience.
Ultimately I know that Journey feels safe because she can feel the presence of her father always nearby watching every step she makes knowing that I’m never going to let her get so far out of my reach that I cannot catch her when she falls. I also need to remember that my heavenly Father is always within my reach and He will catch me when I fall during my own Texas two step through life.
Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author. He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith. He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is on www.higherenlightenment.com and follow him on facebook at www.facebook.com/joyofjojo.

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