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Leap, And The Net Will Appear

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “Leap, and the net will appear

…said American naturalist and essayist John Burroughs.

Too often, we hold ourselves back, so whenever anyone takes a leap, I feel energized. Of course, one person’s big leap is another’s small. But that’s the beauty of leaps; they’re personal and meaningful only to the leaper.

People can encourage you to leap but the leap comes from you only when you’re ready to leap. Notice I didn’t say “want to.” Most of us want to leap, but often we’re not ready till we just can’t stand it anymore.

You have to beware the naysayers, those who want to hold you back or infuse doubt into your plan. Prudence is all well and good, but warnings usually come from a place of fear or envy, cloaked as wisdom.

The reason the net will appear?

Because you bothered to take the leap. In other words, there’s always a positive outcome from any change. It’s a law of the universe. That’s why waiting till there’s a net before you leap is unnecessary…..Jane Pellicciotto

….or you could just blow the day off & watch Steve Martin in the movie of the same name.


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15 comments on “Leap, And The Net Will Appear

  1. Jo
    June 15, 2013

    Fantastic shot.


  2. Joe Seeber
    June 15, 2013

    Reblogged this on joeseeberblog.


  3. Marie Nicole
    June 15, 2013

    Sheer beauty. I am never disappointed when I visit this site.


    June 15, 2013

    Do you promise?


    • Jim Work
      June 16, 2013

      V.C……I wish I could,but I cannot, but you can! Form your travels on your blog, I would say you have taken a leap or two……jump on….j


        June 16, 2013

        I was kidding but thank you!!!


  5. pawsitiveHeather
    June 16, 2013

    From someone who is planning on taking a huge leap (career change) at the end of this year… Thanks for writing. I’m going to do it-ready or not, so buckle up, baby!


  6. Ian Timings
    June 16, 2013

    Spectacular image and wonderful and inspiring sentiment. *Straps on parachute* 🙂


  7. Paula McLane Jennings
    June 16, 2013

    that is a truly amazing photo and wonder sentiment – so true!


  8. Tiger Lillies
    June 17, 2013

    It’s far to early for tears, and with only one coffee in me. Thank you so much for your message. I lay awake at night and think of all the wonderful things I’m going to do the following morning. Morning comes and I lose it all. Your message has touched me and today I will try harder to leap. Thank you, and wishes for all the best.


    • Developing A New Image
      June 17, 2013

      Tiger Lillies……..I mirror your feelings, as someone else said, “strap on parachute” and leap, or at least make a jump over a small puddle in your life….keep on a truckin’…j


  9. theannjackson
    June 17, 2013

    I’m almost ready to take the leap into full-time freelance work. Thanks for sharing.


  10. chameaumagique
    June 21, 2013

    Awsome compo!


  11. fotosandi1
    June 23, 2013

    Lovely intro, this is so encouraging!


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