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Trapeze Act

When we leave a job or a partner, or a home after so many years, that feeling of being lost is bound to surface. Like a trapeze artist suspended in the air, immediately after letting go of one bar and reaching for another, we start to fall.

It’s scary. Take away that second bar and it becomes terrifying, which is often what it feels like when we’re leaving ourselves open to something new: like a freefall.

It’s easy to want to leave our body at this point, to abandon our pursuits and long for the safety and security of the platform, back there, before we leapt.

Panic prevents us from doing what we need to do. Jumping is hard, but letting go the second time is harder because we’ve learned how it makes our stomach feel. It’s Science. Gravity is non-negotiable. We have to fall a little if we want to move on.

Some of us can make falling feel like flying, but that’s less important than what we do while up there in the air.

Arms extended, eyes open. Remember that timing is more influential on your outcome than talent. The bars are already in motion. Falling and flying are in your future. The only way you can fail is to keep holding on.

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9 March 2019