Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back



Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.

I remember hearing that mantra from my parent’s generation from years back. I could feel the disappointment and frustration in their voices. I knew that this was not the time to ask for McDonalds or a raise in my allowance, even if the speaking of those words were friends of my parents and not my parents. The words placed a damper on the world.

Now, I see those words quite differently.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. This means you are making progress.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back said the next day begins another step forward.

It is great to experience the breakthrough days when there is Seven Steps Forward and Zero Steps Back, but that is not going to happen every day.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back means progress.

Slight progress is better than no progress!

I will not be unhappy.

(Do you know when I was googling this for a picture or a gif, I discovered that for the last sixty years I had heard this saying as misspoken. It should be – according to Google- One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. I can see where that would be disappointing. But I really do think I heard my parents say Two Steps Forward, One Step Back and NOT the true statement. My parents did not dwell on the negative aspects of life very often. We were a ‘make lemonade’ family. So I am going to continue in the tradition that I think my folks instilled in me: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back is a little disappointing, but it is not a bad day.)



Written for The Daily Post: Slight  I have been having problems finding something of meaning to create an answer for the prompts this year. So I decided to strengthen and tighten my focus. My chosen topics are as follows:  (Monday) Life in Retirement; (Tuesday) Hobbies: Archaeology and Astronomy; (Wednesday) Fitness; (Thursday) Chores; (Friday) Writing; (Saturday) Hobbies: Music and Photography; and (Sunday) Hobbies: Gardening and Birdwatching.

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