The Wonder of Jumping Feet First

I suddenly remembered an image I painted a number of years ago after watching my granddaughter plunge into the muddy, murky, wild water spring fed pond at my Montana home. She had no idea what lay below the surface, but she jumped in anyway. My underwater story yesterday reminds me today that everything is connected. I knew in my bones, though not in my conscious awareness, that I loved those underwater grasses and mysterious things that floated by me all those years earlier. No wonder I paid equal attention to painting the underwater. Actually the surface water is kind of tame, isn’t it?

Be sure to read the poem that follows the image.

What is your MO –
your modus operandi for living your life?

Are you one of the risk taking ones, plunging in with gusto like the adventurous child?

Still feeling safe in her world, she models courage,
leaping over cliffs, knowing she’ll learn to fly on the way down.

May you trust enough to jump into your life without knowing where your feet will land.

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About Deborah

Deborah Jane Milton, Ph.D. is an artist, mentor, and eco-psychologist, mother of four and grandmother of eight.
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One Response to The Wonder of Jumping Feet First

  1. Amen to that.

    Beautiful picture, beautiful thought, Deborah. I watched a programme the other day about a family which took a year out to sail together. The kids would just jump off the boat and swim in the ocean without fear of what might be underneath. There was a time when sharks appeared, but they had plenty of time to get out and watch these beautiful creatures. They took calculated risks and spent their time wondering at life. Amazing.

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