Pin It By Mary Carlomagno Leap and the net will appear is an ancient philosophy that encourages one to dive head first in to unknown circumstances while remaining confident in the courage of the leap. I am pretty sure that whoever came up with this notion never wrote a novel.
Loving is a leap of faith.
When we love, we often move forward with our gift of love, not knowing for sure if the person will love us back.
Yet we do it anyway. We know that we love the person and our gift is extended. I am certainly thinking of romantic love while writing this. How could I not?
My dad is gone, but my mom is still alive. They were so in love.
Every year my dad would get my mom roses. They held hands, laughed, danced, talked, dated, and just loved—throughout their marriage. But oh am I thankful he has a job. We dated off and on for 10 years before we got married.
We were part of a wonderful group of friends—and I dated a number of his friends, and he mine. Yet we kept coming back together. Over the years we talked—a lot—about everything. We knew each other so very well by the time we got married.
Even so, getting married was a leap. The act of marriage is an enormous leap of faith. You are trusting your heart and future to each other. I remember right before we exchanged our vows. We were standing at the front of the church; my bridesmaids were to my left and his groomsmen to my right.
I looked towards each of them, as their faces were turned towards us. I was so nervous! Now THAT was funny. She knew me so well that she knew there were times when I had backed out of making a decision because of fear.
Our friends all prayed that God would give us the courage to make that final leap. Just as John Burroughs said, the net did appear.
The net of sustaining love. The net of years together, built one day at a time. The net of friends and relatives that intertwined their lives with ours. It holds us up and keeps us together.
I hope that as I go forward in my life I will remember to leap when I should and know that I will be uplifted and sustained.Feb 13, · “Leap and the net will appear” –John Burroughs.
Why I am writing about this right before Valentine’s Day? Loving is a leap of faith. When we love, we often move forward with our gift of love, not knowing for sure if the person will love us back. Yet we do it anyway.
We know that we love the person and our gift is extended. “Leap and the net will appear” ~ Zen Saying This saying has its origins in the ‘Zen’ school of thought, which means ‘meditation’ in Japanese.
So it’s quite apt for this weekly series of musings.
Or to simplify it even further, American naturalist John Burroughs put it this way, “Leap and the net will appear.” I don’t think this concept encourages recklessness. But it does make the important point that you must eventually act, believing that the resources you need will show up when you need them.
Review, also, the elements of the Personal Essay, as the personal essay and the narrative essay have much in common. Descriptive Elements The ability to describe something convincingly will serve a writer well in any kind of essay situation. John Burroughs (April 3, – March 29, ) was an American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S.
conservation movement. The first of his essay collections was Wake-Robin in Burroughs had his first break as a writer in the summer of when the Atlantic Monthly, then a fairly new publication, accepted his essay Expression. Editor James Russell Lowell found the essay so similar to Emerson's work that he initially thought Burroughs had plagiarized his longtime acquaintance.