Life on the Limb

I’ve written before about taking a leap of faith, (Sometimes, you just have to go out on a limb. After all, that’s where the fruit is.) and I stand by what I have written before.  However, as someone who has now taken a huge leap of faith, quit my day job, and is out there on a limb, I have learned a few things.

First of all, some limbs are pretty flimsy.  Don’t just walk out onto any old branch with tempting fruit.  Do your due diligence and make sure the darn thing will hold up under the weight of changing circumstances.

Second, don’t try to take the easy way out by standing on the ground and reaching for low-hanging fruit.  The old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” was written by someone who had been burned a few times.

Third, and most of all, while trees and their limbs can withstand all kinds of beatings from mother nature, they have to work to survive.  It is windy out here on this limb.  The wind (the twists and turns of life) is whipping me around in various directions.  At times I am hanging on for dear life.  It rains.  It snows.  It’s hot and sunny.  Always changing.  It’s uncomfortable – there’s no place to lay down and rest on a limb.  I must always be on my guard.  There are predators climbing this tree to get to me, and swooping down from the sky, competing for the same fruit.  This is not easy.

So, when you are ready to leave the nest; when you are ready to take that leap of faith and go out on a limb, just be prepared for battle.  Know when to stand firm.  Learn how to bend, but not break.  And remember, nothing worth having comes easily.


~ by suitenectar on December 3, 2010.

4 Responses to “Life on the Limb”

  1. What are you pursuing, if I may ask?

  2. That’s awesome. I’m in the process of beginning an organic farm to get away from education.

  3. Great post! I have leapt and am on the limb. Although it has bent and flexed it is still bearing up under my weight. I have the fruit in my sights and am attempting to stay the course in spite of unexpected storms. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration.

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