Leap of faith
an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved or known.
Recently I had a discussion about the act of ‘taking a leap of faith’ and how absolutely irrational it is, the fact that faith is not something that is quantifiable, it’s not visible and it’s not common sense. Taking a leap of faith is relying on your inner voice and trusting it instead of anyone else. It replaces the fear of the unknown with a sense of desire for what’s to come even though you wouldn’t have a clue.
This discussion prompted me to reminisce about the leaps of faith I’ve taken lately, how I felt at the beginning and how it feels to come out the other end. It’s an odd phenomenon really, it’s something that feels so right but you just can’t explain why.
Like the day I woke up and decided that we would sell the beautiful modern home that we had built and significantly downsize. Admittedly part of this was financial, it would have been easy enough for me to return to work, but we decided on making the big change and taking the risk – it just felt so right and since then, over a year ago, I’ve never ever looked back.
I took a leap of faith when we decided to try and fall pregnant with Elliott. It wasn’t a decision based on fear although it was frightening, it was a decision based on love, something that would be long enduring.
My most recent leap of faith has been with my writing. It’s something that I’ve found a true passion for but if I was to just sit around and wait for things to happen, they probably wouldn’t. I’m fairly new to writing in the big scheme of things and my problem has been comparing myself to others and that’s a huge problem when it comes to taking a leap of faith.
When it comes to leaping, I always think about regret and whether I want to live with regret. No, I don’t, life is too short and much too precious. And with the more leaps comes increased resilience.
Has your inner voice been echoing in your head for a while? Is it time for you to take the leap? Perhaps this quote might help you make your decision: