Working With A Net

Have you ever really watched a tightrope walker at the circus? Shoulders squared, back straight, eyes forward and head up. They walk with purpose and dare to challenge gravity as they execute trick after trick.

Sitting down in the audience, I always cringe and gasp. For me, falling is the scariest part. Yet they are confident in their next step, because they have come to trust the net.

Years of practice have taught them that if they take the wrong step, the net that waits below them will safely catch them. Unharmed from the fall, they smile and clambor back up to try again.

Would their steps be so confident if there were no net?

These past few weeks I have felt like that tightrope walker as I take steps through divorce and learn to walk on a new rope. I can’t tell you that my walk even looks half as confident as the smiling performer. Once again, the fear of falling is the scariest part.

Several times I have teetered and looked down. Thankfully, I have a net.

During this time, my family and friends have joined hands below me and cheered me on. They have promised me that when I fall, they will catch me and I won’t be harmed.

There have been moments that I have fallen off. They have picked me up, dusted me off and told me to try again. They know it is hard, but when you work with a net, the fall isn’t really all that bad.

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12 replies

  1. oh, how I would love to hug you or take a long walk and talk with you. your writting is peaceful and hopeful. you sound so strong and I do not know that I could be this strong. oh how I love the tight rope talk, it makes sense for my life right now

  2. There’s a quote that speaks to this. It talks about how when you come to the edge of the cliff, about to take the leap, one of two things will happen: 1) Someone will catch you when you fall, or 2) You will learn how to fly.

    You are already flying my friend and those of us watching below, holding the net are so happy for you.

  3. Beautiful post! You are fortunate to have so many helpful people to help you through this difficult time. Always count your blessings.

  4. Oh Honey, I am so sorry for what you are going through. I haven’t been keeping up lately, dealing with my own heart-breaks – but I wanted to say that you’re amazing. Sometimes knowing that you will fall and that you will dust yourself off and keep going is enough to motivate us to do the necessary things. You’re not alone and that’s important, too. Sending much love your way.

  5. Such a heartfelt post. Take care and blessings to you as you make your new path.

  6. Beautiful post. So glad you have such wonderful safety net ready to catch you and to help you get up again.

  7. Well here you are. I take a hiatus to move, and come back and “Where’s my Crayon Wrangler”?I’ve missed you, and I’m so very sorry that your life has gone down this road. I’m glad that you have such a network to build you up when you fall. Many hugs and much love to you.

  8. Wonderful analogy. I’ve had some major setbacks in the last few weeks and the support in response has been amazing. My husband and I were just talking last night about how everyone has circled the wagons and we’re protected. We’ve gone from “let me know if I can do anything to help” to people doing it – offering specific things, insisting at times, coming over when I say, “I need you to come over.”

    There’s so much love in these situations that not only does it catch you if you fall, it lifts you up.

  9. you always, always have a net in me. Just keep walking, I’m here. 🙂
    You are so brave and so strong, falling is always scary….but you need not worry. We’re here with open arms. xo

  10. Beautifully written, it’s good to know there is someone there with a net for you for those days when the rope is too slippery. Best wishes.

  11. What a beautiful post. I am so sorry that things are tough but I’m glad you have so much support. I hope that you know that I am always, always part of your net.

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