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.