Lately it seems like I’ve been seeing these same videos over and over. Either it’s being shared on the web or it’s on the news. I keep seeing a baby getting a cochlear implant and being able to hear for the first time. I’m not sure why I always seem to catch it. But since I have, I figured I’d pay it some attention. Wouldn’t you know it – you can learn something form everything!

Each time, the chain of events is the same. The baby is with his/her parents. The parents have this nervous excitement. They are hoping this works and that their baby will be able to hear their voices. They are preparing themselves for the possibility that it won’t work. The baby is leery. Never sure what the heck is going on. As the implant is being connected the baby may be a little fussy, unsure and skeptical. Sometimes they even cry. Once it’s turned on though, there’s this look of caution and wonder all at the same time. The parents say the baby’s name and the baby responds. It’s emotional for everyone involved.

Here’s what it made me think of: life. You know those times when we set out to try something new? new


There’s a lot of hesitation, skepticism and uncertainty. There’s doubt that it will even work as well as the anticipation of, “Oh my goodness. What if this works?” We push through all of the awkwardness, the leery feelings and sometimes pain. Once it’s done and whatever we’ve been pushing for actually works out, there’s this joy! Sometimes there are even tears. And you know what, you’d go through it all again just to get the end result.

You know that feeling? Remember all of those feelings and emotions the next time you try to take on something new. The next time you doubt yourself. The next time you try something that feels all kinds of awkward. Remember what it felt like the last time you were here and it all worked out. Remember what it felt like that last time you were there and it didn’t work out. How did you feel? What did you learn? Remember all of this – and then GO.


94 comments on “Life Lesson from a Baby”

  1. I am one of those people who HATES change, so I always experience those emotions when I want or am forced to try something new.

  2. This is a great post. We are going through a lot of changes at my work right now. I am trying to stay optimistic and focus on the fact that it is all for the better.

  3. Surprisingly I haven’t actually seen that video before. Mostly because half the time I see youtube videos they’re about cats or proposals. I have been trying to stay away from the internet as much so that helps. This is a great post, and as weird as it sounds I’m right there. I’m trying something new by trying to lose weight and not giving up. The new part is seeing where I will be and how I will be successful. That’s hard for me.
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  4. I just started a new project yesterday. it looks like a huge deal but when it gets down to it it’s not so that was reasurring.

  5. If it’s a little bit scary, you know the outcome could be goooood!! I like the hearing stories, I bet it’s very heart warming to see your child hear for the first time. 🙂

  6. What a great post! I always encourage my son to try new things. It can be hard as adults to experience something new and take risks. Great reminders. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is a great post! I love to try new things. I encourage my children to also try new things. I think it makes life more exciting. It’s great to take risks and try something new. You may turn out to love it.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration! I feel like most of the time it does work out and even when it doesn’t, its no so bad! Yet I still have the feeling of hesitation even though I know that either way, it will be ok.

  9. I have seen that video and it is touching and emotional. I like your analogy. And it is so true too. It is scary to try new things sometimes, make a big change. But change is part of life. 🙂

  10. This is a beautiful well said post indeed. It is so inspiring indeed. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that new can be really good. Thanks so much for sharing. I so needed the reminder.

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