Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.
When I was a child, I loved to swim. I would spend hours in the backyard in our above-ground pool. There was something about the water that was calming, as I lay there on my back, looking up to the sky, I knew that I was safe. After all, who could sink in 5 feet of water? My most favorite moments were when it was just me, and the pool, and the sound of the water as it brushed against my skin. I always left refreshed and renewed.
Sometimes in life we have to just dive right in. There are times when we will prefer to stand on the shore, gazing across the vast expanse of water that lies in front of us. “If I dive in, will I sink? Or will I come up to the surface and swim.?” To dive in is about risk. We leap, we jump, we lunge forward, not really knowing whether we will sink or swim.
Here I stand on the edge, the cool water crashing over the rocks below. I can’t see below the surface, but I choose to trust. Will you come with me? Dive right in! I promise it will be okay.
*I am reminded of a portion of Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, “Dive“:
I’m diving in I’m going deep in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush lost in the flow in over my head I want to go
The river’s deep the river’s wide the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim I’m diving in