Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.~Thomas Jefferson
One afternoon I strolled through Hyde Park in London and discovered a trapeze school. I stood, transfixed, watching young people climb up the swaying rope ladder and take turns practicing a challenging move–leaping from the safety of one swing, soaring across open space and grasping the outstretched arms of an instructor on a second swing. Timing was crucial. If they let go at the wrong moment or missed the instructor’s hands, they’d tumble far below. There was a safety net, but still, the prospect of letting go of the ropes and flying across open space had to be terrifying.
Some of them clung to the swing, waiting in vain for just the right moment to leap across the chasm. Others took a few trial swings and finally made the decision to go. After a successful acrobatic maneuver, satisfied smiles lit up their faces. In this moment of release, of action, these kids discovered their courage and found a true measure of their capabilities.
Thomas Jefferson is right. Our actions define who we are.
At various times in my life, I’ve been up there on the swing (figuratively speaking, of course), waiting for the right moment to act, to put a plan into motion. In those moments of action, my fears fell away and my spirits soared. I remind myself of this as I work on my next novel. It’s so easy to fall victim to inaction, to make excuses. But those moments of self-doubt finally give way when I take action. It’s a joy to let the story unfold in surprising and satisfying ways.
This week’s challenge is all about action. Capture nature, people, objects, or animals on the move. Capture action in the sky or on land, on the playing field or on a busy street. It’s totally up to you.
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As always, thanks for joining the challenge and have an inspiring week!