Unknown Zip Line

Today’s Word: ‘unknown’ as in… what we can’t see and what we don’t know usually gives us the creeps.

I’d never ziplined in my life. Just on the off chance you don’t know what ziplining is, here’s a good working definition: “A zip-line (or zip line, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial rope slide, death slide, or flying fox) consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on a slope. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on to, or attaching to, the freely moving pulley.” You get the idea.

Wait. Death slide?

I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting into, but when I got into the harness I wanted to be absolutely sure that there was no way I was going to fall out of it. When our guide, Chris, “cinched-it-up-real-tight” believe me, there wasn’t a doubt remaining in my mind that it was going to hold. Snug. Super snug.

Then Chris said “On this section of the course we’re going to challenge you to step backwards off the platform and without holding on to the harness let your body weight turn you upside down.”

Sure. Let’s do that.

Suffice it to say, there were a lot of unknowns that afternoon. But at some point I made up my mind that I was going to both figuratively and literally step into the unknown. And because of that willingness to step into the unknown and the risk that came along with it, I experienced a deeper level of thriving.

When we move into the unknown and we trust our guides along the way, we experience what it means to thrive at a deeper level. But we won’t know until we take that first step.

What unknown are you facing today? Who can you trust to help you go there? What are the risks and benefits? How will you step into that unknown place today?


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