“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase” Martin Luther King
I always think of the scene in the Indiana Jones movie when they step into the air with faith that the bridge is there, even though they can’t see it. Anyone at the time of the civil rights movement, or the movement that Gandhi started would have said that the bridge was missing. That is wasn’t possible to do what they did. But they both stepped forward into impossibility and made it possible.
There are things in my own life, that coming from my background, that many would have said, “it is not possible to have the position and success I have”, without the formal education.
What I have come to realize is that every excuse that we come forward with – each proof that we can’t do something – is just that we don’t yet have the faith to see the bridge or staircase. It is always there, we just don’t see it. Fear keeps us blind. Faith removes the blinders and helps us see clearly that we just need to take the next step. One step forward at a time and with faith we make it across the bridge and up to the top of the staircase.
We are all on our own hero’s journey. It is a journey made by faith. When you hear about someone doing something like lifting the car off a child, or bringing someone out of a burning building, they all say the same thing. When asked weren’t you afraid? They say, I just saw something that needed doing and I did it. I didn’t think about it.
When you think about something, you engage fear. Don’t think about it, just take the next step in faith and surprise yourself. Once you see that you aren’t falling down the ravine, it is easier to take the next one.
And remember, none of the hero’s in the stories are perfect, perfection isn’t what is required. What is required is to just do something that needs doing. As the Nike commercial says, “Just do it”.