Come to the Edge


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

― Guillaume Apollinaire

I have had this poem on a little piece of paper since the day I met my husband. He was one of many guys living in a house at UMass Amherst and it was a typical college dwelling. But in his room he had this little piece of torn paper with this quote typed on it. I was so intrigued and drawn to this little piece of wisdom. He let me take it home. I have kept it in my wallet ever since. That was 1993.

I have often reflected on this poem during times of change, when I have needed to take a leap of faith, or when I just needed to take a chance.

Fear of failure is a strong motivator to stay put and never change your life. But that is so boring and I know we were not put on this earth to live a life of fear and monotony.  The more you fight change, the more difficult life becomes.

Think about it. What would happen if you succeed? What wonderful changes can come to your life when you take a chance and follow your heart? If it doesn’t work out you can always go back or change direction. Worse case scenario, you learned something or you grew in some sense.

I have learned that life is always changing. We are not really meant to stay the same person or do the same job all our life. Some say we change every 7 years, some say every 5. Embrace this opportunity.

Come to the Edge and FLY!


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