My husband and I are not the planning type. At all. So on the last day of winter vacation week we decided last minute that we would take the train into Boston to see Disney On Ice. We took the 3 older kiddos, as Jack is not quite ready for that just yet and he happily stayed back with Mimi and Grampy for the day.
Everything we did was such an adventure for the kids; from riding the train, enjoying a nice lunch in the city to watching a great ice skating performance. I must have said “Imagine if Jack was here” or “Jack would LOVE this” at least a dozen times to Matt and the kids.
I know Jack is not quite ready for that type of adventure just yet and I was sure he was having a great time back with Mimi and Grampy. Then, I received the picture. Sweet Jack climbing an old ladder out in the yard.
I couldn’t take my eyes away from it. The proud look on my baby boy’s face. The accomplishment he felt for making his way up like that seemed to radiate through the picture.
Then, it hit me. This picture was a perfect metaphor for life. We all have a ladder to climb. Learning, experiencing all along the way up. Jacks ladder looks very different than the ladder of most kids his age. His ladder has some unique obstacles. The beautiful part, however, is that he doesn’t focus on that. He looks forward, he adjusts and does what he can to keep moving upward.
But what I realized is that each and every one of us has a unique ladder to climb. Sometimes it gets slippery. Some ladders are taller than others. Some are rickety, while others are sturdy. Some have wider boards making it easier to climb. Sometimes it gets wobbly, sometimes it feels like the ladder may break.
As I starred at that boys sweet face high up on that ladder, I realized something…
No matter what obstacles we come across during our “ladder of life,” what truly matters is our perspective during the climb and how we look up to the next step of our ladder. No matter how difficult our journey may be going up, it is so important to appreciate how far we have come, and more importantly to keep moving forward. To enjoy the journey up our ladder. If we stumbled up a few steps on the way, to try harder on the next steps in front of us. To appreciate the uniqueness of our own ladder, for no two are exactly the same.
So, friends, no matter what YOUR ladder looks like, I hope you relish in the fact that we are all so very blessed to be climbing our own ladders. What makes life beautiful is how very different each and every one of those journeys up that ladder is.