Sometimes its hard in this life we live, to put aside our cannot's our won'ts and our couldn't be's. We grow accustomed to doubt. It creeps up on us like a dull toothache, making us feel less lively, less sure of ourselves. I'm familiar with both -the toothache just this week in fact! Ugh. But that's not the point, really.
I could write another book about uncertainty and anxiety and how they can chip away at your faith in something. I'm sure you can all relate only too well. How many times has doubt kept you from going for and ultimately reaching some desired goal?
Martin Luther King said, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." This latest hop from Kathy at I'm a Reader Not a Writer where we are leaping into books,(see here) http://www.iamareader.com/2012/12/leap-into-book-giveaway-hop-february.html makes me think about the ways we can go about obtaining our desires. We can move gingerly, one tentative foot in front of the other, or we can, well, leap! We can dive in head first and hope for the best. Either way, the thing that matters most is that we try.
Many of the books we read are stories of adventures, be they glorious, suspenseful or otherwise. We love to slip into these tales and dance around vicariously in somebody else's shoes.
It's important to bear in mind that this life was not meant to be indirectly savored. We must do what we can to shake the doubt-demon from our minds and experience our own joys, our own triumphs and certainly (unfortunately at times) our own let-downs. How else will we know what we are truly capable of?
By all means, I urge you to continue to read all you can, to make new friends with new fictional characters and visit their lives. Yet I also suggest that we simultaneously remain firmly implanted in our own worlds, and strive to complete our own stories, too.
Thanks so much for dropping by and don't forget to enter our Leaping Giveaway below. There's a chance you could win an e-copy of WISHLESS and a $5.00 Amazon e-gift card. Please feel free to share an example of your own leap of faith with us in the comments section.