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Enormous Leap Of Faith
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Enormous Leap Of Faith

Neil Armstrong made the biggest understatement of the decade. When he declared that putting his foot on the moon was “One big step for man and one giant step for mankind” the world looked on in amazement.

He was a highly trained astronaut and we can make light of the achievement knowing he was doing what he had prepared long and hard to do. It can’t be denied, however, that he was taking an enormous leap of faith.

Based on our life trainings and experiences I think we should give ourselves credit for also taking similar leaps into the unknown on occasions. It may not be as grand as a journey to the moon but in our little universe, called life, these boundary pushing, comfort zone altering, mind frazzling experiences can be every bit as significant and worthy of notice.

I feel a little on the edge of a precipice myself at the moment. My family is considering changing jobs, schools, house, vehicles… heck, everything except our family members. We might be moving countries.

The opportunity that has come our way seems too good to ignore and inherent in that is a logistical and emotional mountain to climb.

A leap of faith need not be an irrational thing. On the contrary the very word “faith” implies belief of success. Perhaps we don’t know how the situation will pan out or how soft (or hard) our landing will be but at a basic level we believe we’re taking a calculated risk.

It’s not to say it’s enjoyable. Leaping into the unknown can be down right scary!

Talk about stretching the comfort zone! Some leaps of faith require us to leap right out of that zone for the moments it takes to expand our perception of where we’re at. There can feel like a whole long moment of slow motion free fall where we become part of some mental movie image that sees us frozen and yet animated…. moving forward and yet in a temporary no-man’s land of the unknown.

Is it worth the angst, worry or brief exhilaration? I don’t know. Perhaps asking a skydiver or base jumper would be a better option to put it into perspective.

I do know that if the incentive is big enough than many people are willing to nervously line up to the challenge. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Push logic aside with the belief that life will be better for the experience.

To leap or not to leap? The alternative would be perhaps safer but no-where near as exciting.

And so leap we do.


Street Talk

My leap of faith brought me here, and I ended up in a pretty good place. Thanks for linking this.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Shawn.

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  about 1 decade ago

I don't know how I missed this, Heather! Just linked over to here from your "Mountain of Learnings". Moving is like getting to re-create yourself. (At least that was my Mom's advice when I left for college.) Yes, it is an unknown and it just might end up being the most exciting and fun experience!!! I would be most excited if you were moving into my environment :-)

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Sherry! I love your mom's wisdom. How true. We're still waiting. It's a work dependant move. Likely our base would become Calgary, Canada, which seeing my husband (and kids for that matter) are Canadians would be quite exciting for everyone. Isn't our 'environment' a funny thing. I now have a whole internet environment and I'm pleased that you live just next door!

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  about 1 decade ago

Having made many changes in my and my families lives, with risks for prosperity, the leap is always worth it, after all considerations made. I have made mistakes and have had to stand and start over again, would i do it again? Oh yes, you always learn something in life, be it good or bad, but it is a lesson. I farmed for 5 years and ended at the bottom after the drought killed us off. I left with nothing but debt, we stood up again and went on, you'll be alright, just don't stop the articles i'd miss them.

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  about 1 decade ago

I hear what you're saying Rob. Appreciate your wisdom though. A plane crash is actually a safe landing if you walk away from it! Thanks for that vote of confidence in my articles! My laptop and I are a team. More articles coming! If moving does happening for us (and the waiting to know is a killer!) I'll be better placed than ever for writing. No friends for coffee, no craft group, no job. Sigh!

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  about 1 decade ago

NO you must find friends, coffee a definite, craft groups cant give it up. Good luck.

  
  about 1 decade ago
C4rmen  

Best wishes with all the change in you and your family's lives. Your attitude will make it a success.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you C4men. One day at a time (my new mantra!).

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  about 1 decade ago
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