One sunny afternoon we headed to the lake for an afternoon of swimming. A dock off the swimming area offered a perfect place for leaping into the cool water. I watched as my oldest tentatively tested the waters. It started with a simple leap off the edge and quickly progressed into a full on run and jump into the water. He would bound out of the water with pure delight dancing all over his being and do it again and again and again.
Watching him reminded me of the importance of jumping. I am one who likes to be in control of my surroundings, to know what I'm supposed to do and what the outcome is going to be. Watching my son reminded me that its not so much how you jump but simply that you jump. Its okay to start small and as you test the waters, your small jumps can turn into giant leaps. But playing it safe and staying on the shore prevents us from the pure and absolute joy that comes when we jump in with both feet!