Have you ever gone to the beach, checked out the temperature of the water with your toe and then pulled back from wading in?
Too cold for you. You are definitely not ready for this.
But then, while you are standing there contemplating the situation, an energetic soul suddenly rushes past you right on into the water, splashing all the way.
"Wow!" you think. "How can they do that? That's too big a shock to the system. And not for me. Oh, no. I need to get acclimated to things first."
While the boisterous adventure of the fearless bather does create an unexpected but exciting disturbance in the (quiet and peaceful) field of force around you...there is a certain beauty to the courage and bravery of the very act of "jumping in"'.
It symbolizes an all-encompassing embrace of "What Is"with the commitment and determination to navigate whatever obstacles present themselves on the journey.
Which brings me to a very interesting and inspiring quote about dealing with life's problems from Mark Victor Hansen :
"Don't wait until everything is just right [...] There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take you will grow stronger and stronger."
Are you, like most of us, someone who likes to wait for the "perfect moment"?
And do you know why this is so?
Is it because you are lacking some faith in your ability to deal with the unknown and wish to line up (or at least wait for the lining up of) as many circumstances as possible that would be favorable to your desired outcome?
Is it because it feels too frightening to take on the responsibility of making a radical shift in your life?
Are you worried about what other people will say or think about you?
Even though you may have identified several concerns about the issue of taking action...
I have found that when you feel stuck in the way you react to situations, it is utterly a-ma-zing to see the impact of a single, conscious intention to take the higher path.
Even just voicing the words aloud, "I aspire to _________________" starts us on the journey and notifies the Divine Universe that we are reaching for the Next, Grandest Version of Ourselves. And, as always, the Universe hears our intention and responds with opportunities for us to move in the direction we desire.
Even when we don't feel up to being this new version just yet we can start the process by "jumping in" to the fray with the recognition and declaration of the person we aspire to be.
It's a bold, brisk step...it begins to break the hold of our old pattern of behavior.
It's a conscious intention and it's a clear and simple way to offer ourselves the encouragement and support we need for the work involved in our transformation.
Additionally, it shows the people around us a picture of the person we want to be.
It's the sending of a heart message which is impossible to resist. And now the persons involved in the transaction, having heard what you truly want to become, will become guides for your spirit.
And THAT'S The Beauty of Jumping In!