As I sat in church I noticed a cute baby just three pews ahead of me.
He spent the entire mass reaching his chubby little hands to try and grab anything and everything.
He reached for the song sheet, his dad’s beard, the hair of the lady in front of him.
His eyes got really big when he spotted the next thing he wanted to grab.
I doubt he had a plan of what he was going to do if he got a hold of the things he was reaching for, but that didn’t stop him. The important thing was to get it. He kept reaching and reaching and reaching.
I can think of a few times when my eyes got really big and I spotted something I wanted. But I don’t remember the last time I just reached for it.
I often over analyze situations and over think things. That leads me to find reasons that reaching might not be my best option. That in turn causes me to miss out on many of the great reasons that reaching probably was the best option.
If we think long enough, we can probably find reasons not to do everything. I think that is called paralysis through analysis. We might think that the analysis protects us. But what good is that if we paralyze ourselves in the process?
I don’t know about you, but I think I need to reach a little more?
I am not saying that I am going to reach for beards, or hair or ladies in church.
I am just saying that sometimes it might not be so bad to act like a baby and not worry about what could go wrong if we just reach.
(Thanks to Flickr for the picture of that cute baby)