The Space Between The Vines

Imagine you are Tarzan or Tarzanette if you will, just hanging out in the jungle and sitting high above the ground. You’ve mastered swinging on a vine from point A to point B, but you haven’t worked up to going from vine to vine just yet.

The truth is that the space between the vines terrifies you.

You’re hands are on one vine, sweating, and your knuckles are ghostly white from hanging on.

You take a few desperate gulps of air before launching yourself towards the second vine and as you take off you can feel yourself picking up speed through the air.

You can see the other vine coming towards you, but at the last second, you decide to stay where you are and hold on to what you know.

You swing back up and as you do so, a voice inside your head cries out, “To get to the other vine, you have to let go of the one you’re on first.”

Of course you know this as you hear yourself say “I know, I know,” under your breath.

You swing towards the other vine again and this time you let go of the first one.

Suddenly, you’re in the space between the two vines and your heart jumps out of your chest. You might even exclaim, “Oh, Shoot!” Or maybe something like that.

A million thoughts rush through your mind, as you simultaneously experience a combination of fear, energy, hyper-awareness and panic.

You’re in limbo for only a fraction of a time, but everything seems to happen in slow motion.

Your hand reaches out, but you can’t rush it.  You have to wait for a moment for the other vine to come within your reach and then… you grab it.

You grip tightly at first, and then you relax as your other hand also grasps the vine.

You did it!

You managed to let go of what you were holding onto and now you’ve grabbed hold of something completely new.

You feel triumphant and shout out with excitement as you swing through the jungle on your new vine until you land in the next tree.

You climb down from the tree a new person. The space between the vines will never terrify you again.

You feel taller now. You definitely feel like the king or queen of the jungle. What will you do next? You managed this once, and you know you can do it again.

So today, ask yourself these two questions:

  1. What are you reaching for?
  2. What do you need to let go of to help you get there?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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