Monday, September 16, 2013


My summer was packed with adventure. Camping with Yogi Bear. Racing down waterslides. Even finding my inner ARRRRGH at the Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

A favorite scene happened during one of my kids' gymnastics lessons. A teacher from a different class had a group running through the same obstacle course over and over. All of the sudden, a differently-abled little girl had had enough. Instead of returning to the end of the line like the others, she took off with arms flailing and a rebel cry toward the giant foam pit on the other side of the gym. The staff called for her to stop, but she ignored them—keeping her eyes on where she really wanted to be.

It is a thing of beauty to watch someone leap.

We get caught up in the day to day, making sensible choices and listening to reason, but most of us long for something more. To dive into a foam pit. Sing on a big stage. Lay a kiss on someone we’ve secretly loved. To fly across the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons. It takes courage to leap. After all, it doesn’t always end well. But that moment when there is more hope than there is fear? It tastes like freedom.

So as the new school year begins, I’ll ask you…heck, I’ll double dog dare you! LEAP! Find something that makes your heart sing and take a chance.

Are you planning on leaping? Comment below to tell us what you are doing to throw yourself into a dream.


  1. i think this post is beautiful... and pertinent... and something that affirms my heart. I am writing a YA. And it's a free verse YA. Jumping in with BOTH feet!

  2. Thank you, Donna. A free verse YA certainly counts as a leap! I'm thankful I've read some of your work-in-progress, and I know it is going to soar off the shelves. :)

  3. Laura,

    Run, leap, and splash head first into the giant foam pit! I hope others followed the child's rebel cry.

    How am I like the child? Hmmmm... I have assumed the role of caregiver and I'm also learning to operate a zero turn lawnmower. I didn't leap in with the vigor of the child, but I'm covered with foam from head to toe.

    Laura, I think this post could make a great devotional.

  4. Thank you, Linda! I bet you are a fabulous caregiver. You are great at encouraging others. :) As for the lawnmower? Way to go! Not everyone can boast knowing how to drive one of those!

  5. What an awesome image!

    As a teacher, I know all too well how easily kids are able to ignore others and leap into what they want to be doing. Next time I get frustrated, I'll try to remember to let it inspire me instead!

  6. Thanks, Laura! I bet those kids love having you as a teacher. :)