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Thursday, September 9, 2010
No Turning Back
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
You are standing on the edge of a serious life cliff.
Like, real serious.
Trying to decide whether you should leave a marriage or a career; buy a house, start a new business, have children, or whatever else that involves taking a bigger risk than deciding on which movie to rent tonight after entering your fast-food drive-through of choice.
Whether you leap from that cliff on your own or get pushed off, the feeling is still the same as you hurtle towards the jagged rocks that lie on the angry shores below. But this terrifying, soul-searing experience is precisely what needs to happen in order for any substantial growth to occur. In order for you to become more than who you are right now, this descent into emotional hell and how you survive it, is what separates you from those who merely wish for something better.
Logically you know that life's greatest rewards are only handed to those who can stomach great risk, but the value you place in logic, facts and reason melts away faster than a politicians promise when this shit is actually going down and its happening to you.
If you or I were sailing off that cliff today only one thing would see us through. Although usage of this particular "F-word" is often thought of in a religious context, my experience shows that faith is much less about what you find in a church and more about what you find in yourself. In matters of faith, there will always be enough answers for those who truly believe in themselves and enough doubts for those who don't.
When there is no turning back from that cliff, the level of faith in yourself will be tested like never before.
And that's how we find out what we're truly made of.
P.S.... Out of the hundreds of books I have digested over the past decade or so, few have shed as much wisdom on this subject than Paulo Coelho's masterpiece, "The Alchemist".
P.P.S. ... I would be very interested to know what words of wisdom you have for anyone who is diving off that cliff today.
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