Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

We stand on the edge, on a precipice, carefully peering over into the vast expanse of air between us and what lies below.  We know we are called to jump, to tell our clinging toes to let go and embrace the feeling of wind instead of rock beneath them.  We are to take flight, but we see no wings upon our earth-bound bodies and we doubt they will appear in mid-air.

The moments before are full of trepidation; our knees knock and our bodies are overtaken by a trembling.  Mind racing, fears tumble like worthless trinkets falling out of pockets as they are turned inside out.  Our breathing gets heavy....or are we breathing at all?

For those few eternal seconds we contemplate backing away from the edge, returning to solid ground and sure footedness, but we find our way blocked or our feet stuck.  We know we are meant to be here and we know what we are called to do:  FLY!!

{Today our family stands on an edge.  Tomorrow I will have a high schooler, a middle schooler and I will fully jump into my fourth decade (yes...tomorrow I will be 40!).  We stand upon the unknown of what lies ahead - a little afraid, but excited!  Tomorrow we will jump...tomorrow our flying lessons begin!

It reminds me of a poem I read years ago by Guillaume Appollinaire:

"Come to the edge", he said.
"We can't.  We are afraid." they said.....
"Come to the edge"
"We can't, we will fall."
"Come to the edge", he said.
And they came
and he pushed them
and they flew.}

May we all, as we face cliffs edges in life, take a deep breath.  No matter how big or little the jump may be, may we find the courage to bend our knees and launch ourselves into the unknown.  May we find we can fly......or find a soft landing below!!

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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