Sowing Seeds of Courage

“Come to the edge, he said.
We are afraid, they said.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came to the edge,
He pushed them and they flew.
Come to the edge, Life said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, Life said.
They came. It pushed them…
And they flew.”

~ Guillaume Apollinaire

 Some people look upon change with eagerness and excitement, as if the unknown future is something to anticipate with joy.  Others look upon it with dread, much preferring the safety of what can be easily seen and understood.  I think most of us look forward with cautious optimism (or perhaps cautious trepidation), treading carefully, yet curious to see where a new path may lead.

The greatest change in my life occurred when I became a mother, a circumstance which is inherently joyous, but also inherently fearful.  I think every new parent has that feeling of wishing the baby came with instructions.  None do.  It takes a huge leap of faith to jump in and take responsibility for a new life, but we do it because, once we’re there, we haven’t much choice.  We must cloak ourselves in garments of courage and step to the edge of the cliff.

You don’t have to be a parent to understand this, though.  Every significant change begins with a seed of courage, planted as one steps into the unknown.  Within that tiny seed is the potential for immense growth, unimaginable achievement which, when cultivated, will nourish both body and soul.  Those seeds must be planted.

Making a change in your life, embarking on a new adventure, can seem like approaching that cliff.  What lies beyond is mysterious, and sometimes frightening, but sowing seeds of courage is having faith that you will fly.

What seeds are you planting, as you embark on a new journey today?

~ Christiana

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