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28-Days of Self-Love (Day 25 Stretch Your Wings)

“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”
― Guillaume Apollinaire

“When you cannot find solid ground beneath your feet, it is because you are being taught to fly.” These words hang in a picture over my desk. The picture has an eagle soaring high over mountain peaks which was a gift from a dear friend. She wrote on the back, “I saw this at an arts and crafts show in Estes Park and when I started explaining to the girl why it was perfect for you, I began to cry.” She was telling me I had learned to fly!! This gift is a decade old, yet the meaning is still so strong.

In the preceding years I had gone through numerous transitions and she had been my parachute whenever my wings had failed. During these years I also had my own professional coach who supported my transitions and assisted me to love ME! That was the best investment I ever made in myself. We worked together for five years. And I still work with a coach now.

 

Learning to live in self-love often feels like learning to fly. It can feel safer to never take off. I completely understand because I have felt these very things. Safety, comfort, and predictability are enticing, but by staying in your comfort zone you never get to feel the exhilaration of the mighty wind beneath your wings.

When first learning to fly you often need a parachute. If you are looking for that kind of support in your life then you may want to ask a friend or hire a professional coach to be your guide. To support you to develop your personal foundation and to become all that you know you can be. Come to the edge and fly!

By Coach Judith McCool