The Leap of Faith

The Leap of Faith …


And the Pain of Writing

Easy does it is a wonderful phrase. The problem is, it does not apply to writing. It is not easy. If it is there it is an issue within the writer. There must be resistance to your publishing or sharing. It must be like diving from a high place into shallow water. And that is hard to do without breaking your neck.

The first rule is to clasp your hands and when in impact let them slam into your forehead. Yes, bruising is the norm. Then just at impact you somersault slamming your legs into the water. And almost simultaneously you twist those legs to break your fall further. I used a swirl motion. Kind of twist to further to break downward motion. It is one of those risk junkie’s concept. Screw up and at best they carry you out with a broken back. We are talking 60 feet at the dive off a cliff.

What a crazy story when we talk publishing. But I always figured your soul being broken by rejection is harder than your busting your back physically. A hard road to jump off the cliff or publishing.

When I hesitate I remember climbing those cliffs. I hated the height so much (acrophobia I think) that I dove quick but later I hung out just to make it a bigger thrill.

I write and I hesitate over my ‘give it to others’ place. Resistance paralyzes me. I can no longer jump off that cliff. No, not because I could no longer do it physically but because I have “clay feet”. I am afraid of failure now. That is sad but I understand it is normal.

It is hard work to publish an article and we here applaud all who have that courage to publish and expose themselves to that risk of death of the spirit. So “easy does it” and I wonder. Are we ready? And the answer is always; No way are we ready! We just have to dive in and take that leap of faith.

(A special thanks for getting me moving to Kurt James)

Eric Dierker
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4 thoughts on “The Leap of Faith

  • August 23, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    It is not easy to take that first step in any major endeavor, but to write something and then publish it takes courage. After all, there you are putting your personal thoughts out there for all to see – then you wonder and thoughts like “What if they don’t like it?”, “What do they think of me now?”, and many other self-damaging thoughts cross your mind. But, you know what? It does not matter. Of course, you want people to like your style and the information you share, but the important thing, the MOST important thing, is that you are satisfied and have faith in yourself. Always have faith in who you are and stay true to your Self. Well done on this essay, Eric.

  • August 24, 2019 at 7:05 AM

    Thank you Phyllis. If even I were having more fun writing I would bust a gut. “Dad that is fun you should share it with your buddies I only share whoopass on video games” And we move one foot at a time unless we remember to hop like a bunny.

  • August 24, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Eric all I have to say is that I enjoy reading whatever you share here on TCE. I find your journey inspiring and trust me I scramble for inspiration daily. Jamie

    • August 25, 2019 at 6:04 AM

      Jamie you are so kind and I thank you. I spoke with an Oncology specialist this past week and she asked me to hang out with other patients. What a great lunch we had. We will meet again next week for “old” people yoga. I am so blessed.

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