photo credit: Dannee Neal

Have you ever had your heart broken?  Have you ever been disappointed?  Have you ever given something 100% and failed? You probably did not want to hear these words at the time, but Keep Moving Forward is what you needed to do and what you had to do.  This is a line from the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons, and it is a motto that I have come to live by.

When my 13-year-old had her first heartbreak at the beginning of this school year, these were the words I whispered in her ear as she cried in my lap.  She wanted to know why this had happened to her, and I assured her that it was to prepare her for what was ahead (whatever that would be).  I told her that while it hurt so much now, it would be better tomorrow and that she would love again.  Although that new love was all too soon for my hubby and me, she is–well–back in love. Oh, to be young again!

When my 9-year-old daughter had a horrible fall while learning to ride her bike and refused to ever ride again, I said these words to her as I cleaned her scrapes and iced her bruises.  And though I confess to also bribing her with a brand new bike, the point is that she did learn how to ride.  These days she is often the one that leads us on our family rides through the neighborhood.  She is a leader, and I did not want her to let one bad fall spoil a lifetime of great rides.

When my Hubby was failing French 1 last year (after having already audited the year before to avoid a failing mark), I spoke these words to him as encouragement that he could not give up.  He passed the class and many more before he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in December of last year.  I am very proud of him, and he now has a whole new career and new chapter in his life to look forward to.

To Keep Moving Forward, you have to be willing to love again, to try again, and to never give up.  I challenge you to Keep Moving Forward because the Best is Yet to Come!

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney

Contributed by: Dannee Neal (NDM#134) Dannee is a DDL Parenting Blogger and proud member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Visit the Walt Disney World Moms Panel for help planning your Magical Trip. She is not a Disney employee. The postings on this site are her own and do not necessarily represent Disney’s positions or opinions.

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