I stood at the edge of a ridge on top of a mountain looking out to the horizon and couldn't see more than 10-20 feet in front of me. It was a strange feeling.
I knew of the incredible view that was in front of me, yet I couldn't see any of it. And although the ground at my feet felt and looked safe, I had towering cliffs on each side of me. I trusted that it was all there. I didn't doubt any of it for a minute.
I realized there was quite the metaphor standing there. How often do we refuse to step forward or take a leap because we can't see what's ahead? Something deep down inside of us tells us that what's out there is more amazing than what we could imagine, but we often choose to listen to our fear. Choosing not to believe what's in front of us because we can't see it.
So we stick to the comfortable confines of the safe little boxes we've created buying into notions of fear and false security while quietly, desperately longing for the thing that's right behind the fog.
If only we took that first step. The leap of faith.
I lived in the confines of that comfortable little box for 35 years. So scared to live. So scared of life. But then one day, I finally had enough. That day, I decided that I was going to start to live. And love. And stare fear right in the face and be brave enough to leap. And I have never regretted that choice.
It doesn't mean there will never be hard days, or weeks...or months. It doesn't mean that I will never feel defeated and want to give up. That I won't ever back down from fear or fall into an old pattern. Those things are going to happen. And when they do, I'm going to remember this moment.
The world is full of possibility for many of us. We're presented with so much opportunity and potential that we miss because we can't see it and we're too scared to believe it's there. But it really is.
If only we take the leap of faith.