As the year begins to wind down the realization strikes that I am not even half-way through the “Living with Intention Alphabetically” series. Time to get busy and get serious to finish of the alphabet by the end of the year.
We are up to the letter J, which is for jump. Often when we think about jumping into the fray, or challenge, the vision of a huge jump comes to mind. At least for me, for a long time, the idea of jumping into anything, meant taking a big leap. It meant something big and significant, something noteworthy and noticeable. Like maybe jumping out of an airplane, which by the way I want to do as soon as my doctor gives me the all clear.
Pictured below is my niece a couple of years ago when she took the plunge and went skydiving. Jumping our of a perfectly good airplane on purpose.
Sometimes though, little jumps will take us a long way. Remember playing hopscotch? We only jumped from one little box to another. Yet in no time we had completed the outline and were waiting our next turn.
Maybe your jump into life appears small to others, or even feels like a tiny step to you, but it will have a big effect.
Remember what Neil Armstrong said as he stepped onto the moon:
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
No one knew what the future held, or where we would go from there. But, in that moment, he was taking a small step, but we people as a whole were taking a huge step from traveling by foot or horse, to soaring the skies and visiting far away planets.
Whatever jump taken today, whether large or small, will lead to more steps and more progress and an outcome unimaginable at the moment.
Whatever the jump, whether it’s big or small, whatever field it’s in, we never know how big an impact it will have on our future.
A jump can be as simple as learning a dance in the privacy of our home, or joining a dance group and dancing in public. It can even be taking the opportunity to do some impromptu dancing on the dance floor at an festival. It can be as private as writing in a journal, or as public as writing, and publishing a book.
The size of the jump doesn’t matter. What’s important is that we take the opportunity to ump into life and into the activity that scares us a little.
Whether your jump is to write a book or a blog post, to bake cookies for your neighbor or a meal for your family, to do a paint by number, or paint an original picture, Maybe you want to dance, have you seen Dancing with the Stars? People jumping out of their comfort zone and trying something new, the what doesn’t matter, only the doing.
What is hard for you to “jump” into or do?
Have you tried jumping into a new project or activity in the last few weeks?