Take a Flying Leap (of Faith)
Most of us, thankfully, have a good number of changing-of-the-annual-calendar events under our belts. For me, most years can be categorized in one of two ways: those I remember (post drinking) and those I don’t (obviously not post drinking).
The majority were pretty unremarkable: party in some fashion, watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve ball drop (or go to bed), then do the New Year’s Day thing with parades and football and blacked-eyed peas.
There are remarkable standouts–the bicentennial (that would be 1976 for you youngsters), my first sober New Year’s celebration at the end of 1991, a special ceremony in Colorado as the clock turned to 1996, the change of centuries, and my first Texas New Year (sick but still walking the beach in Galveston at midnight).
Some new years have been approached with eager anticipation, some with regret, some with dread, and some with all-in, full-on flying leaps of faith.
2012 is a Flying Leap of Faith year for me. I am butterflies-in-the-stomach excited because of the possibilities this year holds. All kinds of good stuff lie in wait for moi to uncover.
I love the number 12 (12 Disciples, 12 Steps, 12 Powers) and I figure with the number 2 in front of them, it’s going to be a double-time good year.
In honor of Flying Leaps of Faith, I offer these five quotes for the first Mindful Monday of 2012. Regular readers know that I encourage you to use them as you like, whether it’s one a day for each workday of the week or all five each day. It’s a personal kind of thing.
Read, savor, enjoy! Cheers to Flying Leaps!
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. — Henry David Thoreau
Leap, and the net will appear. — Julia Cameron
Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. — Margaret Shepard
Faith is walking face first and full speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be . . a prudent insurance policy. — Elizabeth Gilbert
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap! — Cynthia Heimel
(And an extra as my New Year’s gift to you):
First you jump off the cliff and you build your wings on the way down. — Ray Bradbury.