Yes, this is me getting ready to jump off a platform and swing on a trapeze during my very first Trapeze lesson. But more on that later…
Anytime I get ready to make a big decision regarding my life, my work, or my happiness, I revisit an old personal mission statement that I wrote for myself back in the mid 90’s. This mission statement was inspired by a series of events in my life. One of the most significant of these experiences was my great fortune to be trained in Adventure Based Counseling by the incredible people at Project Adventure. During my week long training at Project Adventure, I learned the essential elements of conducting group therapy through experiential ropes courses. On my final day in Boston for this training, I scaled a tree and made it to the highest “initiative” only to come inches short of catching the trapeze bar as I lept through the air. A fraction of a second after I left the platform, I knew that I didn’t commit. I knew that only an ounce more of effort and commitment would have netted me the trapeze. Of course I was on “belay” and my partner held my rope and eased me down to a soft landing. My lesson from that day is to never hold back and to go for it with gusto.
By Danaan Perry
Transforming our need to grab that new bar – any bar- is allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens. It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening, in the true sense of the word. Hurtling through the void, we just may learn to fly.