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Donna Parker

Benefits of Taking a Leap of Faith

“If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting the rest of our lives.” — Unknown

A leap of faith is an innate, deep knowing that does not go away. It is a whisper that keeps calling to you. It is a passion, or an inspiration that draws you forward. Once you have prepared yourself as much as you can, and you notice you still have

unanswered questions (questions you might never get answers to), then it all comes down to trusting yourself and the universe. You invest in faith, not fear. Ultimately, if you really want to change your life, you must take a leap of faith.

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"You do or you do not. There is no try." — Yoda, Jedi Master of Star Wars fame.

Here are a few of the things that will likely happen when you throw yourself into the unknown and take a leap of faith:

You will discover who you truly are.

I have learned that for a person to grow and feel “whole” from within, one must have the freedom to experience, to explore, to grow, to dream, to try, and to completely be one’s self. To completely discover who you are, you will eventually have to take a leap of faith and throw yourself into the unknown and get away from the same old environment that might be holding you back. Most of us fall short in this area. We grow up doing things we believe are good or people around us think are good. When in fact, what we believe in is just someone else’s opinion, not our own. However, a lot of people never really take time to discover who they truly are.

You will learn to make yourself feel whole.

In order for you to truly feel happy and satisfied with him/herself from within, one must first understand one’s self. Understanding is not just about knowing what you do or do not like on the surface level — it is not just about what you like to eat, what you like to do, what you listen to and so on. It is about who you truly are as a person at the core of your soul. You become self-actualized, in other words you become whole and feel content and happy from within.

“Let your faith be bigger than your fears.” — Unknown

You will have no fear.

Yes, taking a leap of faith and throwing yourself into the unknown is scary. You will have to put yourself out there into a world full of uncertainty. You will have to get out of your comfort zone in order to break away from your fear. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.

You will become more intuitive.

Learning to throw yourself into the unknown is all about trusting your intuition. You will be making your decisions based on your feelings and you will let your heart lead your life. Most of us have grown up letting our brain lead our lives, therefore you might not feel comfortable at first. It may feel foreign to you to use your intuition rather than your brain. But after going through a few disappointments in life, you will find that using your intuition to guide you is the best way. You will feel liberated and happier from the inside.

You will feel a complete sense of freedom.

One thing that comes with following your intuition is feeling free. We are all caged in a set of beliefs we set for ourselves, based on our own attitudes, and in our perspective of the world. When we learn to let go of how things should be, when we stop trying to be politically correct, when we stop trying to be right, we will experience a complete sense of freedom and joy, which is actually very liberating!

You will achieve great things.

Most of us think of failing when we think of throwing ourselves into the unknown — quitting our job, moving somewhere new, and/or starting anew. However, life and your intuition have a way of leading you to exactly where you are supposed to be, when you listen.

“Preparation can only take you so far. After that, you have to take a leap of faith.” — Michael Scofield

A leap of faith begins with the conviction that you do not want to go down the path that your current life has been taking you any longer, that your life just is not working for you. The leap of faith continues with, well, faith that you can change your life. The leap of faith involves having a basic belief in yourself and a fundamental trust in the vision of who, what, and where you want to be in the future. The leap of faith involves the belief that good things will happen when you choose to change your life. Recognize that some misgivings are a normal part of the process — you can never be 100 percent certain that things will work out the way you want — if you did not have any doubts, it would not require a leap of faith.

Here are a few of the leaps of faith I have taken. Asking to teach a college course. Changing my career and applying for a job in the computer industry. Asking for my own jazz radio show. Asking my former husband to live with me after a few months of dating. Asking Jon to let me write this column.

In each situation I believed in myself, but had little to no experience. Does it get easier? Yes. Do you still get worried and second guess yourself? Yes, each and every time. For example, I was hyperventilating in the parking lot right before my first radio show. However, I have never regretted any of these leaps of faith. I put a lot of faith and trust in my inner voice and I put the fear and questioning aside… and now I want to tell you about my next leap of faith.

The attached artwork is the clue, I call it “A Leap of Faith.”  I have wanted to be an artist since I was a child and over the past few years I have been honing my skills. Yes, I have an online Etsy shop (donnaparkergallery), but I wanted a one woman show. I was introduced to someone who has a great location. I whipped out my phone, showed him some of my work and asked if I could have a show.

The result, is my “Take a Leap” show will be on display at The Bur Oak, 2262 Winnebago St, Madison, WI from this June through August. My grand opening will be Sunday, June 6th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  I will have a few prints available to purchase and of course the display will be available, too.

Come out and enjoy my art, purchase a print (or two) and meet the writer of this column. I will even autograph my Hues article if you bring in an issue. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

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