“He who leaps for the sky may fall. But he may also fly.”
This past spring I posted about a photo shoot I did with some friends on a private farm that had become an incredible bird sanctuary. When I saw this week’s challenge “Oops”, I thought immediately of the tiny baby birds who were venturing out for their first attempt at flight. Clearly this is where the phrase “out on a limb” originated!
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.”
The birds’ nests were all located in trees that overhung a large lagoon, and one misstep meant a serious dunking or a much worse fate – sadly we saw several of the latter. As the birds made their way out of the nest and onto the branches we could see how tentative they were, and how much difficulty they had balancing their big feet and disproportionately heavy bodies using their tiny little wings.
“My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”
Psalm 28:7 NIV
So too, we humans face choices and challenges continually. What runs through our minds as we consider our options, and at what point are we willing to make a leap over each hurdle? Are we optimists who have faith in our decisions, or pessimists who prefer to look the other way when new opportunities arise?
“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous act without the benefit of experience.”
Yesterday I was speaking with some friends about those moments in life that carry profound meaning and are never forgotten. I had one such moment long ago when my father advised me that “There is no such thing as a bad decision. You made a decision and then you make it the right one.” I’ve returned to that advice many times since, and it has never failed me.
“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.”
Hopefully, like the baby birds, our leaps of courage will lead us to a place of grace and beauty. Just think about those tiny egrets, and remember them the next time you face a difficult choice. As Frederick Wilcox once said “Progress always involves risks. You cna’t steal second base while keeping your foot on first.”
Here’s wishing everyone a week filled with leaps of confidence 😊