摸着石头过河 (Mōzhe shítouguò hé)
Cross the river by feeling the stones
Are you feeling anxious doing something new?
When I first learnt to ride a bicycle in my forties, I bought one whose height allowed my feet to be planted on the floor. My fear was to prevent that I will not actually fall. Balance.
In attempting something new, taking small steps is more assuring for some, than falling head on. And that’s ok.
Without an instruction manual, the assurance of safety
If I stumble into the river and its too deep, I can always grope my way back. Throw one in the deep to sink or swim does not work for all.
Feel the rocks as you cross the river.
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