UnknownFor the last month  now I’ve participated in Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five-Minute Friday”. The concept is simply writing for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on a given subject – and then sharing it.

No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share.

If you’re a writer or blogger of any kind, I’d definitely recommend it – it really pushes you and helps you grow as a writer.

And today I’m doing it again. Today the theme is “Jump”, and I struggled with this for two reasons. First, I’ve recently written a post called ‘Why we all Need to Jump‘ and second, I was initially feeling too tired to write.

However, I managed to write this on my i-phone on the way home:


Right now, as I write, I don’t feel like jumping. The energy in my body at this moment makes me feel like simply giving up.

I feel like I am jumping too much, diving headlong into commitments and risks without a second glance, I don’t stop to look before I leap.

Now looking before you leap can be a bad decision occasionally. It fills us with fear and we take a step back. But at others it can be wise.

Because jumping into too many commitments at once just isn’t healthy.

Why? Because jumping takes energy. To propel ourselves into the unknown means we require strength. And if we are jumping into too many commitments, we will end up drained and confused.

We’ll fall flat on our faces.

Jumping is an important thing to do. To step out and risk is how we grow. But do too much and we won’t grow,

we will simply burn out.

We’ll have no energy to fly as were born to.

And we will simply crash and burn.

So keep jumping. Keep stepping out and taking risk to grow. Keep throwing yourself off the parapet. But he wise about what you jump into, and how much you jump into. It’s not only jumping which matters.

But the right jump.

So choose quality jumping. Not quantity jumping.







This post is part of ’5 Minute Friday’ – today, on the theme “Jump”.

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James Prescott

Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...

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