“There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.”
-Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
To leap. To jump. To risk. To fall. To stand. To stumble. To rise. To fly.
In this year where we get an extra day [and on the edge of new expansion] I am remembering the times when I have taken a leap.
I hold stories that I am not one who leaps. I am reserved. I am fear based. I am type A. I am too highly sensitive. I play it careful. I am cautious. I am Boooooooring, with a capital B. I love predictability and plans. I struggle with spontaneity. But this is not the entire picture.
On this leap day, I'm reflecting on the risks I've taken. From the tiny baby steps to the ginormous leaps I've been part of & how I've embraced huge action and change. Lately I've been thinking about the leaps and launches that are happening all around me in my circles of friends and family.
And by the way, I AM a one who leaps [even though I also adore predictability and structure.] I can be both.
I want to hear more stories about taking risks and leaping. About the how, the why and the what-happens-after. And if your leap is a big flop, or lands you sideways, how do you pick yourself up again?
Collectively, we need to hear about what happens when we leap. How do we decide to make a change, to take a risk, to say yes? How does our intuition and intellect work to support us in leaping? Or does it? Do you follow your gut when you leap? Or your head? Or your heart? What does leaping feel like? Why are you deciding now to leap? Or why did you decide not to leap?
Today I am marinating in all of these questions.
And today I will reflect on the vulnerability, choice and risk in all of these leaps.
Today I will celebrate the child who decided she wanted to learn how to ride a bike at age 13. [And join swim team, learn to ski and learn to ice skate.]
Today I will remember my friend who drove six hours to purchase a used professional pottery wheel [from a stranger she did not know] because throwing clay totally lights her up.
Today I will honor the medical moms and dads who have chosen to start patient advocacy organizations for their children and others who are struggling with rare & chronic diseases.
Today I hold gratitude for the teenager who scaled up the side of a house to help with branch cutting, even though it was scary.
Today I will celebrate my friend who is launching an amazing new business.
Today I will honor those who are delving deeper into their own work, their own healing, their own stories & choices to find clarity, surrender and peace. It can be risky to go deeper.
Today I will celebrate the times that I have followed my intuition in life, love, parenting and work, even though I cannot capture how I know to do so in words. Trusting my gut in this way feels like a huge leap of faith.
Today I will honor my family members that ski and their favorite quote, "If you're not falling down, you aren't skiing hard enough."
Today I will celebrate the fear that comes from really owning & claiming what we want. Today I will celebrate the wonder & joy that comes from new experiences & seeing with new eyes. Today I will honor choosing to expand spaciously & with radiance, in a world that tells women to contract.
And there are so many more risks, jumps and leaps that I want to learn from.
I'd love to hear about your tiny steps towards change and your huge leaps [and anywhere & everywhere in between.] Also I'd love to hear if you are struggling with the decision to leap.
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