Let Go & Fly

let-go-&-fly A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about how each transition has three distinct phases: an ending, a neutral zone, and a beginning.

Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend who is getting ready to go on a sabbatical. She shared a word picture about comparing transitions to a trapeze artist.

These graceful professionals seamlessly fly from one moving bar to the next. The secret is: they have to let go of one bar in order to catch the next.

3380195841_fc7db56f2d_zPhoto by: Laura Bittner

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle with letting go. I would rather be the trapeze artist that has one limb secure on each bar before I do any sort of flying. If I’m honest, the struggle comes down to an issue of trust.

Trusting in the right timing for this transition. Trusting that everything will be okay. Trusting that I am enough.

I’m sure the trapeze artist has trained herself to trust the process. I’m sure she falls down sometimes and I’m sure she flawlessly executes sometimes, too. No matter when she leaps, the timing of the next bar is there waiting for her to catch it.

In the end, when we can truly let go of the past, suspend ourselves in mid-air in the neutral zone, and ultimately reach the next starting bar, we will find ourselves learning how to fly.

Take the leap,

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