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Courage to Jump


On October 7, 2017, I celebrated my 50th Birthday. By all accounts turning 50 is a big deal. And to the extent it is a big deal, many choose to do something big. Unlike most, my something big was to jump out of an airplane. Yup. I wanted to go skydiving. And thanks to the generosity of my youngest son, skydiving is exactly what I did.

Now, had someone asked me five years ago or even three years ago what I wanted to do for my 50th Birthday, jumping out of an airplane would have been the furthest thing from my mind. It would not have even been on a list of the top twenty things I wanted to do. So how did I end up jumping 10,000 feet out of an airplane, you ask?

All year, as I approached 50, I had been taking inventory of my life. I'm a thinker. I self evaluate all the time. However, the 50 thing intensified my thinking and my evaluation of my life. And while I could clearly look over my life and see a lot to be thankful for and proud of, what I could also see was a need to take my greatness to another level. This is the mantra of my life. Yet, the call to take my greatness to another level was also the call to tap deeper into my courage. Answering the call to tap deeper into my courage is how I ended up 10,000 feet in the air looking over the Earth from a vantage point I had never experienced before.

This, my friend, is the benefit of tapping deeper into our courage; we get to experience life from a different vantage point while meeting a braver, bolder version of our self. Do you have to jump from an airplane to do that? No. But you do need