On the Edge

That’s me, standing there on the edge.  I’m not alone.  There are others, standing on this same precipice, staring down into the abyss, and trying to screw up the balls to jump.

Jumping isn’t the only way down.  We can go back the way we came, and try again some other day.  But we’ve made it this far, so there’s no going back.  Not for us.  It means too much.

We can take the stairs.  They’re relatively new, but by no means easier.  They offer us more control, but ask more of us.  There aren’t a lot of sign posts, and sometimes we’re forced to find our own way.

No.  We’re going to jump.  It’s a long way down, and gravity here doesn’t work the same.  The stairs would be quicker in this case.  Here the jump is an act of blind faith — or stupidity.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.  We jump, and then we float, waiting, hoping someone will catch us, and ease us to the ground.  At some point, if no one does, we’ll find ourselves back up on that precipice faced with the decision all over again.

Some of us will give up and go back.  Maybe we’ll never try again, and only gaze longingly at the precipice, knowing it beat us, wishing we had the nerve to try again.  Or content knowing that at least we tried.

Some of us will take the stairs the next time, even though there’s no guarantee they’ll take us where we really want to go.  We’re strong enough to handle the twists and turns, and the work of making our own path.

Some of us will take another look, reassess, and leap again.  Because we’re stubborn.  Because we believe.  Because if somebody decides to catch us, we’ll have proved (if only to ourselves) that we’re worthy of being caught.

*Deep breath*  Look out below!!!

Write on!


  1. Kinda reminds me of that classic scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” when the title characters leap off a cliff into a river screaming a not terribly heroic epithet. Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

  2. Great analogy Josh!

    Whenever I finish a book and get ready to send it out to the world, I am reminded by this by Khalil Gibran:

    “Your children are not your children.
    They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you.
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you…

    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

  3. Wonderfully motivating in a breathtaking way! 🙂

  4. This is wonderful! I’m including in my Mashup for tomorrow. Thank you for writing such a marvelous blog. 😀

  5. I love this post! As Kathryn said, its very motivating, I’m going to bookmark it so I can come back to it when I need help taking the leap!

    I’m so glad you commented on my blog as now I’ve discovered yours!

  6. Great, Great post! So happy to hear you are staring down the fear and taking the leap. 🙂 no matter what happens you took the leap and that matters. It counts. 🙂

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