Have you ever done something that scared you? Maybe it was literally leaping off a high cliff into water (that would not be me) or climbed a mountain and repelled down the side? How about jumping out of an airplane into the wide blue yonder?
How many times in your life have you dreamed of doing something and even worked on the plan but it never seemed the right time to leap?
I’ve had many moments like that. Finding myself raw, feeling scraped open by a situation, I had the opportunity to take another look at a leap I wanted to take. Playing it safe, just on the edge of the leap, I’ would say, “No, I’m afraid, it’s not time yet.” Then my wise self would say, “What if this is the perfect time?”
There are moments when Life blows in with darkness, fear and cold. Wrapping ourselves in the perceived safety of a job, a relationship or a place that has become too comfortable, we are afraid to step out onto the ledge.
We want to leap, think it would exhilarating and freeing, yet we hold ourselves back, time and time again, listening to the caution in our mind, the limiting thoughts, the too realistic, well meant advice of others.
But what if we leapt? There’s a saying that says “Leap and the net will appear.” How glorious would Life be?
Recently, I thought about a time when I looked at the ledge and decided to jump. Sitting day after day in meditation, I wrapped myself in the vision and then journaled each delicious thought, beginning with “I am so happy and grateful now…” Enjoying the quiet time, I could feel the possibilities that the leap would bring as I soared into the life I would love to live for the rest of my years.
Reading statistics that say the biggest regret of the dying in not taking the risks on their dreams, I didn’t want that to happen to me. So, I took the leap. And guess what? The old saying that the net would appear was true! And in even greater ways than I ever could have imagined.
What I know for sure is that the pull of our dream is calling forth something greater in us. Running from our dreams doesn’t always make the dream go away. Life will consort to make living so uncomfortable that we get to stand at the edge and either choose to jump or live a life of unsung songs and regret.
One of my favorite inspirational artist and writers (and Facebook friend), Maryanne Radmacher, reminds us to take the jump even though it’s frightening. Her encouraging words to me one day caused me to begin to writing more. So I scooted to the edge and took the leap.
So what’s stopping you? Are you pushing away something in you? Are you standing on the ledge engulfed in fear, settling for less?
Today, or when Life reminds you of your dream, take the leap.