March 16

Don't be afraid to take a
big step if one is  indicated.
You can't cross a chasm
in two small jumps.

David Lloyd George


Today's Meditation:

Big steps can be scary, because big steps represent the biggest changes in our lives.  When we look at big steps, we look at risking everything we've "built up" in our lives, including the homes we've bought, the relationships we've developed, the things that we've acquired, the "safety" we've enjoyed.

But sometimes big steps are required because of the ways that circumstances have developed in our lives.  Sometimes, it's necessary to move on to something else if what we're doing has proved to be unsustainable or ineffective.  In those cases, the best thing that we can do is to make a plan to take a big step, for if we plan for it, we can prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically for the change.

I remember when a friend in his 50's was laid off from his job of 30 years.  He and his wife were forced to take the big step of moving to another state, and things turned out very well for them.  I've known other people who have refused to take any sort of big steps, preferring instead to keep chipping away at the boulder that's in their way--after a very long time, the boulder's still in their way, whereas with a big step they might have gone completely around that boulder.

Taking big steps is a question of faith and of belief in ourselves and in the higher powers that we believe in.  You will be okay.  Sometimes, jumping across that chasm is the worst part, and you find a trail of immense beauty on the other side.  Weigh the risks, of course, but don't spend too much time focusing on them--look also at the potential and possibility inherent in the leap that you're planning on taking.

Questions to consider:

Why is it easy to look at something like a potential big step and back away without giving it a shot?

How often do we sit down and actually ponder the pros and cons of potential next steps--and how often do we let that potential next step overwhelm us into inactivity? 

What are some of the potential benefits of taking big steps instead of trying to do things a little at a time?

For further thought:

The people who have done big things are those
who were not afraid to attempt big things,
who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.

B.C. Forbes


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