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A Simple Path – To Jumping In With All Your Heart

By on Jul 08, 2012

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius

There it is. Do you see it?

It’s nestled between the cell phone bill and the peeling paint. But it isn’t due in 30 days and it’s not an eyesore. In fact, it never requires a price to be paid and it is resilient enough to weather any storm. It’s something that is simply amazing.

Do you see it now?

It’s your life and it’s waiting for you to jump in with all your heart.

I’m jumping in with all my heart.

Will you jump with me?

Trusting my instincts

Mary Beth and the children spoiled me on my 50th birthday last week. They delivered some great surprises, prepared my favorite food (and drink) and made me feel special and loved! It was a wonderful celebration.

In between the activities and meals, I reflected on what it means to be 50 years old. Realizing my life is more than half over, I actually became encouraged, not depressed. I have arrived at a place where I can rely on wisdom, trust my instincts and know what I want in life.

As we grow older, time gives us an wonderful gift – appreciation. I see what I have accomplished and I dream about the things to come. What’s waiting ahead excites me most. It is with sincere appreciation that I jump in with all my heart.

Will you jump with me?

Yes, there are bills to pay and homes to repair and at the same time there is a beautiful life waiting. Our lives are like mortar, holding the bricks together. Each brick is a responsibility, an accomplishment, a sorrow and a triumph. The mortar keeps these bricks together and provides the means to make us stronger than any one brick.

Standing on the top of my 50-year-old house made from the bricks I have put there, I scan the horizon, bend down and jump into what’s waiting next.

I’m jumping in with all my heart.

Sometimes the simple path to jumping in with all your heart begins with taking the time to appreciate exactly what you have, anticipating what’s next, and then asking others to jump with you. Life is better when it is shared.

Will you jump with me?

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly 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

  • Hi Alex: 

    One thing to consider: You talked about your life being more than half over and I get how thinking about that can provide a helpful perspective for many things including how you wish to live your life. At the same time, I challenge you to think about your life as longer than to age 100. Because of medical advances (which will continue) and our knowing how to take better care of ourselves, even if 50 is not quite the new 30, it’s probably no more than 40 — and so, I say, 100 is the new 80. 

    In the past, when someone died at 80 it was considered old. Now it’s young. And my plan is that long before we get to 100, dying at 100 will be considered young. In that spirit, I wish you and all of your readers a very long life — and one piece of getting there is our attitude, including when you think you are going to die.
    Best regards, 


  • Raquelleegalford

    I am glad you had such a great birthday.  You are so blessed to have such a loving family. I hope one day to be in the place that you are. You are a wonderful person to so freely share yourself with others. 

    • Thank you Raquel for being a part of this community, and my journey. It’s comforting to have you along.

  • Nyambura

    I am jumping screeching out loud, flailing arms and legs and excited half to death at the Joy of it all….thank you for this article – it has come exactly as though spoken to my heart by God himself.

  • Very simple but beautifully said Alex – I had a feeling MaryBeth and your children would have all kinds of surprises for you!!!!

    Glad the reflection time was one of inspiration and not depressing…..

    I love being in my 50s and to truly live from the truth!