“It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap.” ~ Stephen Schwartz
I have officially, formally, enthusiastically and wholeheartedly started my book.
After years of thinking about it, talking about it, and planning the book in my head, there are now words written on paper.
I’ve hired Ali Luke as my writing coach. She serves as a technical adviser and an accountability partner. I’ve scheduled time to write every night. Mary Beth is picking up the slack with Emily’s homework. I’ve completed the plot summary and character descriptions. The book has structure and direction.
But the most important thing I’ve done is I’ve taken a leap of faith.
The biggest obstacle I faced in the past was I couldn’t see myself writing a book. How could I work, blog, be available to my family and still find the time to write a book? I wanted to know these answers before starting.
To be honest, I still don’t know the answers, but I’ve started anyway.
My brother’s death has changed me. It’s taught me the preciousness of each day isn’t a cliché – it’s a reality. The dreams that have been swelling inside want to burst out. It’s time to put faith in front of fear and take a leap.
Too often we wait for the perfect time to start a new project, make a career change or fall in love. We wait until our heads tell us to leap before venturing too far. While it makes sense to assess a situation carefully, we also need to pay attention to our inner wisdom – to our inner voice. When that voice says, “Go,” we might want to listen.
Sometimes the simple path to a leap of faith begins when we start trusting our hearts as much as we do our heads even when the answers aren’t clear, but our dreams are.
So, a leap begins.
I’m not sure when the book will be finished, if people will like it, or even if the book will make a difference. But that’s not my focus right now. My focus is to write what’s coming from my heart and to do the writing right now, today, because tomorrow may be too late.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.