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Being Little

The girls were playing at the park with a group of friends. They began to climb a tree. One of the older boys climbed past the rest of the children, scrambling up the tree. He quickly reached its highest branches.

As the boy sat perched at the top, he called down, “Look at me, I’m higher than all of you!”

But the rest of the children didn’t look up. They had found an old bird’s nest in a lower branch and were marveling at the tiny eggshell that remained inside. They were wondering what kind of bird might have lived there some time ago. 

A few minutes went by. “Hey, all you guys way down there. Look up here at me! You can’t get as high as me!” the boy called down again – louder this time. 

A few more minutes went by. The older boy picked off a few leaves and threw them down, still attempting to get the attention of the children below.

Even more time went by. “I’m coming down, even though you guys down there are so much littler than I am!” the boy declared. And he climbed down to where the rest of the children were. 

After all, being at the top meant little if there was no one to enjoy the view with.

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.