TAKE THE COURAGEOUS LEAP
By Ashley Smith: A second chance is a leap. A courageous leap.
When I saw the date on my calendar today, I first looked at the meetings, appointments, and my to do list... and it hit me, February 29th only comes around every 4 years.
Usually, I would listen to the loud voice of the task master and seek perfectionism over dreaming and creating. I would rationalize that I can be brave another day, like on a weekend. I would tell myself that I have emails to finish and a list to check off and a quota to accomplish. Up until now, I would have been held prisoner by my people pleasing.
That's when I heard it- the small, soft whisper of the creative voice emerging inside of me.
Today I am not going to fall into the trap of chasing perfection.
Today, I am taking the leap. I am going to choose to be brave and to be me. To be imperfect and messy and unique. Today, I am going to set aside the loud voice of my inner critic and let the soft whisper of grace lead me.
Today, I am going to listen with empathy. I will be present and connect with human beings over checking my email every 10 seconds or being ruled by my iPhone.
I will act with courage. I will live outside of my comfort zone today. I will be brave with my story and my imperfections.
I will push through my fear with tenacity. I will persevere when it gets difficult, even when I am tempted to go back to what is familiar. There is nothing that I cannot handle today.
I will live with clear purpose. I will embrace that my life is significant and impacts the world for good. I will choose to be confident and secure and know that I matter.
I will hold tightly on to hope. That healing is happening and I will be stronger because of my journey through failure and deep pain. That it will get better. I do not have to fear impending doom. Hope is stronger.
Today, on leap year, I am going to live my life in the context of grace, not shame.
I am going to be free to embrace the beauty of second chances.
Today, I am leaping into who I really am. Today, I am risking the courageous leap and embracing my second chance. Who wants to leap with me?