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Look Before You Leap, It’s the Friday Five! February 29, 2008

Posted by introspectreangel in Friday Fives.


It’s Leap Day!! Whether you’re one of the special few who have a birthday only once every four years, or simply confused by the extra day on the calendar, everyone is welcome to join in and play our Leap Year Friday Five.Tell us about a time you:

1. Leapt before looked – It would be fair to say this is more of my modus operandi than the exception to the rule.  I’ll tell you what, though – I hate, hate, HATE team-building exercises, especially the ones that involve “trust falls” and “blind walks”.  You know what I’m talking about, where you fall backwards into your coworkers’ arms, or partner up with a coworker, put on a blindfold, and trust them to lead you around and not hurt you?  Perhaps it’s the contrived nature of the setting – you know you won’t get hurt, in which case it’s not *really* leaping without looking, is it?

2. Leapt to a conclusion – I assumed that because my then-fiance, soon to be ex-husband, didn’t actively tell me to go away that he was as much in love with me as I thought myself to be with him.  I wish I would have paid more attention, and I wish that I would have taken the time to grieve the loss that had occurred just prior to meeting him… maybe then I would have had the confidence to be true to myself instead of hoping he would complete me.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t trade my “lovely parting gift” of Gabe or my insanely pathetic crush on David Tennant of television’s “Dr. Who” – a show I never would have watched if not for my ex!

3. Took a Leap of faith – Teenage hitchiking.  Damn, that was stupid.

4. Took a literal Leap – At my handfasting I jumped the broom.  Does that count? (It wasn’t easy in that drapy gown with the bell sleeves and all the ribbons I was wearing, either!)  I’m also remembering summers spent at the enormous pool at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area here in Fort Worth.  They have the regular diving boards, as well as the Olympic standard 10 meter platforms – you can hit the water at up to 55 mph off one of those – and I did, many times!

5. And finally, what might you be faced with Leaping in the coming year? – Some of my long-held ideas about worship communities and the place they hold/have held in my life have been gradually changing over the last 2 years, and I think this year I may come to peace with that.  I hope to tackle my procrastinating ways as well and get myself back into school to take on another bachelor’s degree.



1. will smama - February 29, 2008

Thank you for this well thought out F5. I appreciate you opening up about your conclusion. As for #1 I remember diving off of a VERY high telephone only to watch as my youth group below quickly dove out of the way and the instructor kept me off the ground FULLY by the pulley system that was around me.

2. Songbird - February 29, 2008

Oddly, I’ve never dared to do a trust fall! So I guess they can be pretty terrifying for some of us, even if logically we know the intent is that everyone remain safe.

3. marybeth - April 8, 2008

Hellooooo….anyone there? I miss you my friend…

love mb

4. episcopalifem - April 20, 2008

Yeah….Report in E….hope you are ok.

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