About a month ago, this space was used to detail the struggles and process my niece Madysen has gone through as she learns to walk on her feet.
The end of the article did not go quite as planned, but it basically asked the questions, "What's holding us back from moving forward?" and, "What's keeping us from turning an opportunity of change into an opportunity for progress?"
I was reminded of my words this week when such an opportunity came my way.
Over the past two years, I've become accustomed to a digital recorder accompanying me to meetings, interviews, events, etc. For at least a month, this device will not be allowed.
While I commonly think of it as an "insurance policy," the word used to describe it Tuesday was "crutch." The thought is that eliminating said crutch will help make articles more concise and quicker to write, as only notes -- not a recording -- will need to be reviewed.
My first reaction was frustration. Shorthand, unfortunately, isn't taught in schools anymore and, after trying to keep up with the pace of someone's voice, it's oftentimes difficult to read my resulting scribbles.
The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized I was being like Madysen walking on her knees.
Both activities seem comfortable and convenient. Just as my niece smiled while walking on her knees, it was easy for me to smile, knowing that every word is on the record.
Individuals who care are urging both of us to change, improve and progress.
Perhaps being addicted to my recorder is holding back my progress, just as Madysen walking on her knees is holding her back from fully enjoying life.
My hope for her is that she goes on not only to walk, but to run and be active in every sense of the word.
At the same time, hopefully my interviewing and note-taking skills improve to the point where I no longer miss that digital device.
When editorial gobbledygook takes on new meaning through real-life application, it sure is an eye-opening experience.