Jumping In

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. – Robert Cushing

Too many times I’ve stood on the edge of doing something big, only to stop short due to fear. More often than not, the best solution is to just jump in and see what happens. I relate this to getting into a lake, pool, stream or other water source that is not that warm. It’s really hard to slowly walk in. You end up shivering, freezing and most of the time decide to back out. It’s better if you just run and jump in. The cold is sharp initially but you quickly adapt and almost immediately feel okay. It’s not as cold as it seemed when walking in slowly. You end up having a lot of fun.

Most of life is just like that cold lake. It seems cold, unfriendly and a little scary at times. So, we hold back. We don’t take the crucial step that could change our lives. We don’t participate in something that could ultimately be the most fun we’ve had or at the very least very enjoyable.

So, when you are that moment of decision, don’t walk, run. Run and then jump in feet first and see what happens. If you can’t do it yourself, do what I did when I was younger. I got my dad to throw me in. It worked. Get a friend to help you, push or pull you in. You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Run and jump to the life you want. Don’t walk.

Have a great day!

Michael