“They say, “Look before you leap.” So look. But do not look for too long. Do not look into the void of uncertainty trying to predict each and every possible outcome, to evaluate every possible mistake, to prevent each possible failure. Look for the opportunity to leap, and leap faster than your fear can grab you. Leap before you talk yourself out of it, before you convince yourself to set up a temporary camp that turns into a permanent delay on your journey into your own heart.”
– Vironika Tugaleva
I’m almost a week behind with my writing, and fresh out of ideas to write about. The inspiration for my daily posts usually comes from something I’m thinking about, or something I experienced or read that day, or an issue that I’m dealing with, or at least one that I know how to heal, but for the last several days, I’ve been at a standstill with no thoughts on new topics to write about.
In the back of my mind, theres’s a nagging stress about getting so far behind, and I keep randomly thinking about when I bought my first car soon after I got my first “real” job. Of course, we know there are no coincidences, so there’s likely a reason that this story keeps playing in my mind.
My first job started out as a 6-month contract, with the possibility of renewal, but it depended on factors that had nothing to do with me, or my performance. I decided to buy a car, so I enlisted my father to help me find a good, reliable second-hand car in my price range. We saw a few cars, and I found one that I had my heart set on, but my dad, wanting everything to be perfect, wasn’t satisfied.
He suggested that we go across town to a family friend’s car dealership to see what they had to offer. Eventually, I test drove a new, limited edition, sports model, 5-speed car that I absolutely fell in love with, and decided it was the one I was going to get. A week later, my dad and I went to pick up my new car. I can still see the look of very cautious optimism on my dad’s face. He was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the car payments for 4 years since there was no certainty that my job would go past six months. I laughed and told him not to worry – I knew it would all work out just fine.
Before the six months passed, I was offered a permanent position with an increased salary. Two years later, I took a job in California and doubled that salary. Needless to say, I paid off the car without issue. If I had gotten stuck in fear, I never wouldn’t taken the risk, or had the confidence and faith to know that it would work out. I didn’t spend too much time thinking about it – I just believed it would work out without a doubt so I bought the car, knowing the outcome before I even started.
You begin by knowing you have already arrived.
Of course, it’s no coincidence that I’ve been stalled with my writing, and this memory popped up now. I’m trying to make a decision, but the outcome is uncertain, and this story came to mind to help me – it’s my inner wisdom guiding me; telling me not to overthink it; to know that it will all work out just fine.
“You know, it is a little known fact that thinking is entirely overrated. The world would be a much better place if we all did a lot less of it.”
– Laurie Viera Rigler
Have faith. When you have a little more faith, and a little less thought, the Universe takes care of the rest. Leap before your fear takes over, sometimes thinking is just overrated.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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