Leap of faith
Nature has a way of putting on great shows when you least expect it. My best days begin with a morning walk or jog along the world’s best beach, Gracebay Beach. During many of my 1-hour or so retreat to the beach, I have had all kinds of sightings. This morning, I had the pleasure, although not the first time, of witnessing a large school of fish leap through the air. Was that a leap of faith or something else?
As always, my thoughts are in overdrive whenever I arrive at the water’s edge. Scientists have estimated that people have anywhere between 60 and 70 thousand thoughts every day. I am not sure if the quantity of thoughts are equitably distributed hour by hour, but I am certain that I have a disproportionate amount during my beach escapade.
With the fish on show, my thought drifted to leap of faith. Were the fish escaping predators or leaping for their meal. I will probably never know the answer, but I just couldn’t shrug off the thought of if the outcome matched their expectations.
The common interpretation of leap of faith, is the act of believing something that has not been proven, or the absence of any evidence to suggest that your belief will come to fruition. This is mind-numbing to the masses, but to the few that dare, it is the only way to get from where you are to where you want to be.
Napoleon Hill said “the starting point of all achievement is desire,” but one can easily replace the word desire with belief in that quote. All things are possible if you believe.
The candle did not evolve to become a light bulb. It took a massive leap of faith by Thomas Edison who toiled for a mighty long time to develop it. His belief was so strong that it took him 10,000 attempts before he succeeded at creating the light bulb. Something that utilize everyday and take for granted.
History is marred with many manifestations of belief similar to Thomas Edison. The Wright brothers and the airplane; and Guglielmo Marconi and wireless signals, are just two of the examples that I cite regularly.
So what are we to learn here? Don’t get comfortable with the status-quo, change is inevitable. If you are going to dream, dream big. Just look at the universe, it is forever expanding. We humans are destined for the same. We are forced to change anyway, so why not be the masters of our destinies? Fear may be crippling some of us, but try courage. It is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
What is your desire or belief? What will you commit to today? Whether it is quitting your day job to follow your entrepreneurial passion, starting a blog or something in between, you can’t achieve your dream if you continue to do what you are doing. Take the leap. The universe is large enough to accommodate your dreams.