five minute friday {jump}

April 19, 2013Karen Courcy

756a5a7524cb744656c57d5e264a5a70Welcome to five minute Friday to where us bloggers are given a word prompt every Friday and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing.

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Today’s Five minute Friday word is {Jump}


One of my favorite quotes that I have cut out and put in my journal is

“She took the leap and built her wings on the way down”

I am very familiar with this process, and every time I take that jump, I almost always land into something greater and bigger! Sometimes I come close to the ground before building the wings, but somehow I always manage to land softly into something greater.

Last week my therapist and I took each others hand and took a big jump into something new we have never worked on, and on the way down, I was surprised at how healing it felt. It was hard, but this was something bigger than any other jump I have taken in the past.

This past year there hasn’t been any room for jumping and taking risks – things got in the way, and I found myself sitting and working through something that had no forwardness – no way out, and in the past couple of months I decided this place wasn’t worth sitting at, and the only way out was to JUMP. To jump forward, get up and move, and take that risk and trust the process.

My therapist has created a safe place for me to be after such a hard year, and in the past week I found myself taking that jump once again, and I wasn’t alone in that jump, I had support, love and care and what I found on the way down was something familiar – HEALING!

Healing is all about taking leaps and jumps. It’s about taking risks and finding out what I am capable of; getting to know me a little more each time.

Taking the jump is the risk, building the wings on the way down is the hard work, but flying… flying is the healing, and right now I am flying!



  • Wick

    April 19, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Definitely sounds like a brave place to be spreading your wings of faith. May God continue to be with you, as you jump out and into new journeys…:)

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      That you wick! I appreciate that and it sure does feel that way right now!

  • Courtney Lott

    April 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    How hard it is to take that jump. Beautiful, encouraging post!

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      thank you for stopping by Courtney .. I loved your blog as well 🙂

  • Martha Grimm Brady

    April 19, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    i love the picture as well as the visual you created about building wings as we are falling. there is a lot of truth there! nice to meet you Karen. i hope we cross paths again sometime.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      Thank you Martha for stopping by. When I write, I love to use analogies .. it helps me to write better! Thank you for the nice comment

  • shortybear

    April 19, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    God bless you dear.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Thank you Shorty …. good to see you here 🙂

  • richelle @ “our wright”-ing pad

    April 19, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    i’ve seen that quote a few times and am intrigued and scared by it all at the same time.

    popping by from 5mf this week.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:59 AM

      Thank you Richelle for stopping by from FMF… I so get the intrigued and scared at the same time.. it’s the AND both ..

  • ziggy40

    April 19, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    I’ve “jumped’ in the past week, I’m still leaning on support,my wings aren’t strong enough to hold me yet. Thanks for the analogy, I’m still, ‘failing’ to a point. Slowly my wings are getting stronger, looking forward to the point of healing this ‘part’, so I can fly….lol

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Hi Ziggy .. leaning on support is a part of the healing. It took me a long long long long time to accept that. BUT once I figured out that I heal more when I lean in than I do isolating trying to do it alone, healing is more effective to move forward. I think by you leaning on support is a good good sign that you are building your wings 🙂 it’s a part of the process and that is so wonderful.. plus you have all of us here too 🙂 Thank you for your comment 🙂 I enjoy having you here

  • Alene Snodgrass (@AleneSnodgrass)

    April 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I’m going to have to steal your favorite quote. That is awesome. I’m memorizing and imprinting in my mind. Have a great weekend!

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Thank you Alene for stopping by … I love the quote as well 🙂 glad you loved it …

  • Dionne

    April 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    oooh, I love this quote! I think God has asked me to jump more times than I said yes because I didn’t feel confident that the wings would come…yet, when I have said yes, the wings always came. Wishing you many more times of flying! Love your honest post.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Hi Dionne and thank you for stopping by my blog … thank you for the comment 🙂

  • Dawn St Amand Paoletta

    April 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Karen, interesting quote. Healing is quite the journey and process. I am inspired by the courage and commitment you have to your healing journey, sweet friend!

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      HEY YOU.. nice to see you here and thank you .. it IS quite a journey and process, but you know, each day is one step closer to the next .. that is whats great about this journey.

  • stephiekaye

    April 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Lovely! Healing takes leaps and jumps…I know that well. I am also at a place unmoved and its not worth sitting at!! Jumping with you as soon as I see the ledge!! Thanks for your heart…FMF

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      stephie … sitting is a good place when there is movement in the sitting .. but when you are sitting in the stuck place, that is when it’s not good and you have to get up and move .. thank you for stopping by from FMF 🙂 so many new people stopping by today and I am blessed

  • Beth

    April 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Love your quote. I will need to remember that one. Thank you for your encouraging post. Blessings to you.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Beth – blessings to you as well .. 🙂 I appreciate it

  • Darlene Collazo

    April 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    What a great quote. Thanks for sharing. Blessed to hear that you are finding healing in your flying. Fly on, girl… fly on!!

    1. KarenBeth

      April 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      Hi Darlene 🙂 I was so happy with this week’s FMF word, it just fit so well .. thank you for coming by my blog.. I have to check out everyone’s blog who commented today.. I love meeting new people to connect with

  • Dolly@Soulstops

    April 20, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Love that imagery of building wings on the way down, and so glad to hear that you are finding healing, Karen 🙂 Nice to meet you 🙂

    1. KarenBeth

      April 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Thank you Dolly 🙂 and thank you for coming to my blog …

  • Amy P Boyd

    April 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I just printed out your quote and posted it on my desk and in my journal.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Amy.. isn’t it an awesome quote? …. 🙂 glad you liked it

  • Elizabeth P

    April 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I love the quote–that’s how life often unfolds, at least for me. I’m not sure why I grew up under the impression that adulthood meant having a flight plan and wings already but your quote is much closer to reality. Stopping by from Five Minute Friday. Glad I found you!

  • Gel

    April 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Wow! look at all the comments ~ nice to see.

    I had a hard time with the metaphor here…and the picture. Sometimes I don’t see the meaning of a metaphor when I take it literally. And I wouldn’t want to step off a cliff nor would I do that and expect to build wings on the way down….but I know what you mean because you write it so beautifully.

    But what you wrote in the comment to Stephiekaye really changed my understanding in a helpful way….”sitting is a good place when there is movement in the sitting .. but when you are sitting in the stuck place, that is when it’s not good and you have to get up and move”.

    So I guess being able to recognize if you are in a stuck place is where this metaphor is most helpful to me. I also like your emphasis on building the wings by leaning on support rather than trying to do it all alone. That is really something I need to hear.

    Your writing has really taken a turn in the recent weeks. Not that it wasn’t really good before. But now it seems to be moving strongly and somehow weaves much goodness together. I don’t know how to word this. I just think your are in a new and very empowered stage.

    Love to you Karen.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Thank you Gel.. that means a lot to me. I am actually going through some things right now, and sometimes when I am going through things, it helps me to write and focus more. Writing is healing to me. Everytime I hit the send button.

      Thank you so much though, that means a lot to me, and my hope is that also when I hit send, people can also walk along with me in this journey….Thank you Gel.

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