Grover is so scared…

Grover is SO SCARED. ⁠

Have you read this book? As I was reading the words out loud, as Grover became MORE and MORE desperate to stop us from getting further in the story, I couldn’t help but notice how familiar this story felt. ⁠

I recognized the voice of Grover, but not the cute, furry kind. I recognized the inner parts that pops up inside of us and tell us, “Don’t do it! It will be too scary! Stay where you are!” I recognized the behavior—for Grover it was an actual brick wall, but for us, it’s the walls that are not as physical but just as isolating. ⁠

And I recognized Grover’s shock at the end—oh wait! The thing that I’ve feared so much, the parts of me I’ve been trying so hard to protect—it’s just me! “Lovable, furry old Grover.” What was I so afraid of?⁠

Could it be that we’re working so hard to protect ourselves from really knowing and loving those “lovable, furry” parts of ourselves? Could it be that we can see ourselves and our situations with curiosity and compassion until we’re able to move forward with courage instead of fear?⁠

Don’t worry, Grover, we’ve got you. We’re going to walk with you and turn those pages, but we’ll be with you every step of the way.

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