Take a step - I heard myself thinking - just take a one baby step...and then another...and then a one after that. Yes - it is a very long ways from here to there...but that unless you take that all important first step- you'll never arrive.
She just stood there - motionless. Staring. Immoblilzed. Hard to know what it was - exactly - that was stopping her. Fear? Resistance? That inner voice and the never-ending questioning?
I waited. I watched. I crossed my fingers and then my toes. I could hear myself cheering for her on...urging her forwards...encouraging and reassuring her.
She can. She will. She'd already begun the long journey by simply showing up and being here. Webbed feet grounded...heart wide open...crown of head extending to the limitless sky.
And then - it occurred to me that it wasn't she I was talking to. That this conversation I was having? It's one one I was having with me.