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Embracing Growth, One Toe at a Time: Lotte's Swim Journey


Illustration of Lotte fearlessly leaping into the pool, symbolizing her swim journey progress. by Foeshel

Unlocking the Depths: A Quest for Perfection


Lotte's fascination with water has always been evident, from her love of playfulness to the tranquility it offers. Yet, when it comes to the technicalities of swimming, Lotte's desire for perfection poses a unique challenge. The fear of making mistakes often leads her to withdraw into her thoughts, creating a barrier between her and external feedback. However, beneath this cautious exterior lies a world of growth, where small but significant steps are taken towards acceptance.



A Vacation of Revelations: Sand, Water, and the Gentle Approach


During our vacation, I observed Lotte's dedication to practice and her gradual steps towards embracing mistakes. As we visited the pool, she entered a work mode, determined to improve her swimming skills. However, what brought a smile to my face was the discovery of an area that combined sand and water—a reminiscent of Lotte's beloved mud kitchen at home. In this oasis of fun, Lotte found solace and enjoyment, where she could be free from the pressure of learning and simply revel in the moment.



The Transformative Power of Water: Finding Peace Amid Imperfection


Returning from our vacation, Lotte's swim journey continued to unfold. While she may not fully embrace the idea of making mistakes and practice, I witnessed the subtle shifts within her. The more she immersed herself in the water, the more tranquillity and peace she found. Though hesitant, she took tentative steps, dipping one toe at a time into the pool of growth. It is a reminder that progress is not always linear, but every small act of courage is a triumph in itself.



The Illustration: A Window to Tranquillity and Progress


The accompanying illustration, drawn with a blue ballpoint pen, captures a significant moment in Lotte's swim journey. It depicts Lotte fearlessly leaping into the pool from the side, with a sense of determination in her eyes. In this specific instance, Lotte had initially sought my assistance, but with each previous successful attempt, I encouraged her to trust in her own abilities. Yesterday was a breakthrough as I declined to help and affirmed her capability. With newfound confidence, she took the leap, repeating it again and again, conquering the fear and embracing the joy of swimming independently. This illustration serves as a reminder of Lotte's remarkable progress and her unwavering spirit.



Conclusion: Embracing Growth, One Toe at a Time


In conclusion, Lotte's swim journey teaches us the power of perseverance and the significance of taking small steps towards growth. While the acceptance of mistakes and practice may remain a hurdle for her, Lotte's willingness to dip her toe into the water symbolizes her courage and resilience. Let us celebrate every stride, no matter how small, and continue to support Lotte as she navigates the waters of progress. With patience and encouragement, Lotte's swim journey will continue to unfold, reminding us of the beauty found in embracing growth, one toe at a time.

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