“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” ~ David Lloyd George …
When I think of big steps, I am reminded of an old Looney Tunes cartoon in which Bugs Bunny is trying to run away from an alien-bird that Marvin Martian creates. They go way up on this motorized platform, and when they reach the top, Bugs opens the door and the alien-bird steps out and falls to the black oblivion of space. And as the alien-bird is falling, Bugs shouts back, “Watch that foist step, it’s a loo-loo!” At times, the big steps in our lives may appear much like “loo-loo’s.” Often times we avoid taking them out of fear or apprehension–because big steps represent the biggest changes in our lives. They often involve us stepping out of our comfort zones as we look at risking everything we have built up in our lives, including the homes we have bought, the relationships we have developed, the things that we have acquired, and the relative safety we have enjoyed.
Unfortunately, there are times in our lives in which big steps will be required. Every now and then, the only way forward involves us crossing a great chasm; one where the circumstances do not allow for simply a small step or even two small jumps. Perhaps we have come to a point in our lives where what we are doing has proved to be unsustainable or ineffective, and the only way forward is to move on to something else. In such cases, it is best for us to plan to take a big step forward–for if we plan for it, we can prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically for the change.
A few years back, a friend of mine had to move because he lost his job and was running into financial issues. He and his wife talked it over and decided to “take a big step” by moving to another state. He found a new job and things turned out well for them. On the other hand, I have known many individuals who have refused to take any sort of big steps in their lives, preferring instead to keep chipping away at the boulder that is in their way. Yet for many, even after a long time, I can still see the boulder in their way.
There is immense beauty along the path ahead of us. And if jumping across that chasm is the worst part, then we really should not waste too much time waiting idly by. Have faith and believe in yourself and in the Higher Power that created you, knows you, and has great plans for you. Weigh the risks, of course, but do not spend too much time focusing on them–look also at the potential and possibility inherent in the leaps in front of you.
Take a moment to reflect upon any necessary big steps in your life and how you might go about taking them.
Questions to consider:
Why is it easy to look at something like a potential big step and back away without giving it a shot?
How often do we sit down and actually ponder the pros and cons of potential next steps–and how often do we let that potential next step overwhelm us into inactivity?
What are some of the potential benefits of taking big steps instead of trying to do things a little at a time?
For further thought:
“The people who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.” ~ B.C. Forbes