Friday, March 10, 2017

Abandon (Five Minute Friday)

I'm very excited to again this week join a talented group of women who, week after week, join in an online, unedited flash mob free write based on a word-prompt given to us by our fearless leader Kate Motaung. My timer is set for 5 minutes; let's see where the word "abandon" takes me.

Again this week, Kate's choice of word -- "abandon" -- gave me pause. It's a word I rarely use and even more rarely contemplate. But as I did for a few minutes just now, I realized something.

I don't live with abandon. No. I'm what at is nicely called a "type-a" personality (and not so nicely as "anal"). I thrive on organization and having a day planner that actually contains plans. Quite honestly, a few years ago when I tossed my paper planner (and oh how hard that was!) and vowed to live only with a calendar on my iPhone and iPad and not make detailed daily plans -- yes, in my paper planner I had a daily schedule down to the minute, not that I always stuck to it exactly -- that I was going to live more freely, with more abandon.

But now that I think of it, I haven't actually done that.

Instead of having a written schedule, I keep an internal schedule. 

And I don't step out of my comfort zone very often.

This past summer, though, I did just that. My daughter arranged for the 4 of us -- her, my son, my son's then-fiance, and I -- to do an zipline eco-tour made up of 10 ziplines through the woods and hills of mid-Missouri. I'm actually afraid of heights, and I wasn't too sure (to put it mildly) about trusting a stranger to attach me to a cable via a hook attached to a harness I was wearing and turn loose, zipping (hence the name) through the air.

But I didn't want to be a spoilsport. And I did have "zipline" on my 100 Things to Do List. So I donned my harness and trooped out through the woods to the first line. Long story short, I moved from line to line, each one gradually progressing in length, height, and speed.

Finally, we arrived at the 9th line. It was so long we couldn't see the end point, and it went across a deep and very wide ravine. It came my turn to step up onto the launch "box" and have my harness attached to the line. I stood there, looking down at the ravine. Then I did something that even 5 minutes before I couldn't have imagined myself doing -- I turned to the lady responsible for attaching our harnesses to the line and said, "Now if I lean back and stick my feet out, I'll go much faster, right?" She answered in the affirmative. 

When I stepped off the box, I leaned back, stuck my legs straight out, and zipped along the cable, across the wide and very deep ravine, with 100% abandon.

And I loved it.

I'd like to say I've lived with abandon since then, but I realize I haven't. 

It's time -- far past time -- for me to do that.

This blog isn't meant to be a lecture, but a conversation. I invite you to join in that conversation by taking just a few minutes to share your thoughts. Thanks so much!


12 comments:

  1. Hi, Patti, I absolutely love this. Did you do this in Branson on the BIG zipline? If you did, you're my hero. Well, if you did a zipline at all, you're my hero. Here's to brave starts of living with abandon in the big and little things. (p.s. so excited to meet you in July!)

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    1. There's a BIG zipline in Branson? My daughter and I will be there next month, so I'll have to check it out. :) No, we went to a place near where she lives (Hermann, MO). Beautiful location and really great "guides".

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  2. Wow lady! I have a new respect for you. I had the opportunity to zipline in Branson last summer and didn't do it. You make me wish I had :)

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    1. Okay, Christy, when we finally meet, we're going to have to plan a ziplining excursion! :)

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  3. Love your biplane story! And thank-you for your excellent comment on my blog this morning.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. :)

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  4. Good for you! I have never ziplined, but when I see video clips of it I really think I might like to give it a try. (Bungee jumping, though -- not so much!)

    I think it is really, really hard to break out of our habits and tendencies. Sometimes it takes a lot of small steps.

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    1. I'm with you on the bungee jumping. Sometimes I think I'd like to parasail, but then when I see videos taken from a camera mounted on a parasailers helmet, I rethink that. lol I agree with you re: baby steps, Jeannie, and I'm committed to making more of them. :)

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  5. awesome:) i have had the chance to zipline once or twice and loved it...but never over a ravine! i'm glad you were able to enjoy it:)

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  6. Patti,
    We share a comfort in being organized. Ironically, I too, just changed over to digital calendar from paper. I felt a bit of control grasp from my fingers in that move. However, the ability to have access to my calendar from many places has shown me that the benefit was worth the risk. I am learning to live with abandon. Like you, zip lines, giant swings, roller coasters have morphed into challenges to live more freely. And these things are of the earth! How much more we can trust in Jesus to live with abandon.

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    1. Stephanie, it's great ti meet a kindred spirit re: planners. :) Giant swings sound fantastic -- roller coasters, not as much. lol

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