Whenever I face a decision, take a risk, stand on the brink of a big transition, I must overcome my own fears to step forward. There’s that moment of letting go, of reaching out, of wondering if I’m going to fail and fall.
Yet, again and again, something comes to meet me and I grab ahold, whisked forward. I both trust this “safe landing” and yet I feel my stomach twist every time I make a new leap.
When I watched the video below, it captured in a visceral way that quick succession of fear, faith, falling and flying forward, something I often experience in my life and leadership. The video is a stomach-wrenching montage from a 1950’s film about Trapeze artists with a voice over of Danaan Parry’s words on “The Parable of the Trapeze.”
Watching this film reminds me of why I keep doing this:
- There’s a trust that the bar and those welcoming hands will be there to receive me.
- There’s a confidence in me that I’ve done this before.
- There’s faith that without risk I can’t get to that next place.
- There’s risk that feels catastrophic and all the fear that calls up.
- And, at least in the film clip, there is a net below… just in case.
In Parry’s words, “…it remains that the transition zones in our lives are incredibly rich places. They should be honored, even savored. Yes, with all the pain and fear and feelings of being out of control that can (but not necessarily) accompany transitions, they are still the most alive, most growth-filled, passionate, expansive moments of our lives.”
How do you experience those transition zones?
With gratitude and best wishes,
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P.P.S. Many thanks to my colleague Brian Braganza, who shared with me the video that inspired this reflection!
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