For some reason there seems to be a slight buzz about taking giant leaps swirling around this week. Coincidence? Perhaps. But not likely.
Anyway, I've been thinking about it alot - this giant leap thing. I have taken more giant leaps in the last five years than in my entire adult lifetime; and particularly in the last year.
Once the "Grand Tsunami of late 2009" hit, I was forced to reconsider, revamp, and redirect in more ways than I can count on my fingers and toes. Cuz, when a wave picks you up, tosses you around like t.p. going DOWN, then graciously sends you airborne and plants you at the top of a cliff - well, it can be a bit disorienting to say the least. "Where is my bathing suit top anyway?"
So, ya stand there - thankful to be in one piece - adjusting, brushing yourself off, pulling seaweed outta your eyelashes - and then take a look around. In my case - it's apt to be a LONG look around. I'm no good at uncharted waters, somewhat leery of heights, and - LEAP? heh. Sure. You go first!
There's a quote by Diane English...well, I'm not sure if she actually wrote it, but she uses it in her cards (which I absolutely love).
*momentary pause to add Diane English boxed cards to birthday/Christmas wish list.
and the net will appear.
That quote has been with me for years - and has gotten me through some pretty scary free falls. That's some pretty radical TRUST in the Universe she's talkin about right there, eh?
I had a conversation recently with a fellow businesswoman and friend, and she made this comment..
"When wondering how you'll wind up becomes less frightening to you than KNOWING how you'll end up if you stay [at the top of the mountain]...that's the right time [to leap].
Now THOSE are some words of wisdom! Yes! I am sure to get 200k miles out of that mantra!
So, I started thinking...ok, so maybe sometimes you aren't really at the top of a mountain. Maybe it just FEELS like a mountain. Maybe it's a medium leap. Or even a tiny one. A hill. Let's say a hill. Hey, if you aren't familiar with your surroundings, and you're not sure what's at the bottom or what happens if you just sit at the top - it's just as intimidating, methinks! How about if you're on the ground, but still feel frozen - paralyzed - afraid to take a step in any direction cuz you're not sure how it might turn out? Aaaaaaah...I recall that Anais Nin quote I used to having hanging on my bulletin board in my...ahem...corporate penthouse office...
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Oooooooooh yeah. Now. Now we're really getting into it!
"Where's the closing paragraph?" you ask.
Today feels like a day for deciding for yourself, don'tcha think?
~ T ~