August 21, 2012
Leap Step, ME Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 34
I recently took a step in the right direction, reworking my resume in response to a potential career change. Or, what could be more accurately described as a career revival. Initially daunting, the end reward was empowering. It’s difficult to blow your own horn with just the right amount confidence and humility. Like playing the sax, breathing cyclically, giving and taking for balance and sound, the abbreviated outline of where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve learned swelled into achievement. It forced me into a more positive self-light, and temporarily back in power. Temporary because I quickly developed very mixed feelings about whether or not I was ready to leap from my semi-secure situation to a familiar but still foreign one.
I’ve mulled it over and come to an uneasy realization; a step in the right direction is not a leap of faith.
There is a difference between two, and the results will not be the same.
A step of faith moves you closer.
A leap requires jumping off.
Steps are good. Short stepping walks us to a better vantage point; one with a better view. We can more easily see where it is GOD wants us to go. If we’re moving toward it, we have to be feeling it requires our presence. And if we’re moving toward it, it must mean that we want to go there as well. There is a limit, though. Too many timid shuffles will only lead us to a precarious edge. Jumping from there without real momentum, means we’re relying on GOD to carry us lazily to the goal.
No, that won’t work. To get where HE wants us to go, we need to commit, take a running start, and then keep running as we hit the air. HE wants us to get there. HE wants us to reach our goals, because they are OUR combined goals. We can’t expect, and should not demand, continual push, pull, or carry. It takes recognition of our soul’s longing, a firm desire in our heart, and oomph to lift us off the ground. It also takes courage. We have to believe GOD’s encouraging wind-breath will be behind us, and then we have to have faith it’s strong enough to land us gently near the mark.
Anyway, all that resume work and rework and project detail lead me nowhere... except to another disappointment. So maybe that is what obstacles in our paths are designed to do: draw us back from the edge and set us up for a running start. Even so, it is extremely rare to land on that perfect line. We might fall short. We might surpass it. How do we figure out if we made it or not? We don’t. All that is required in life is this: one forward, two back, step, step, leap, retreat, and fly again.
Posted by jaselin at August 21, 2012 02:28 PM