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A Simple Path – To a Leap of Faith

By on Nov 13, 2011


“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.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Alex,
    I have goosebumps after reading this.

    “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.”

    Bravo for you for taking that leap of faith. I know the courage that it takes to do that, and so I applaud you extra.

    I’m in a similar place now – learning to follow my soul and write because I know that it’s what I am meant to do.

    Here’s to each of us following our dreams and writing (and finishing) our books.

  • John – your confidence in me means the world! Though my book may not be a masterpiece, it will definitely come from the heart.

  • They say everyone has a book in them but from being a regular reader Alex, you have a masterpiece. You are always able to reach inside and touch and explain your feelings in an honest, heartfelt style. I hope some of that will find its way into your pages. Whatever you choose, you will be a natural Alex! It will come.

  • Suzie, one word, one day at a time – along with a dose of faith – will see our books to the finish line. Good luck to you Suzie!

  • Wonderful Alex, we will have to compare notes, each day I paint and put some words down towards my healing journey book.

    Yes taking a leap of faith is what moves us forward.

    I have a buddy I talk to each week who listens for things that might belong and feeds stuff back to me.
    looking forward to seeing the completed book all in good time