Reference: "Brain Wave Diary", (03/30/01)
Extreme Chasm Leaping. (From the Old Wisdom series)
Old wisdom tells us, “A chasm cannot be leaped using two leaps”.
The outcome of such an attempt is obvious, the objective of clearing the chasm would not be met. A second need for "leap in air" quickly converts to a rapid descent with certain demise on landing.
Old wisdom is old, because it is forever young.
Failure of human endeavor, in general, can be likened to an attempted chasm leap needing more than one leap to accomplish. What lessons are buried in this particular old wisdom then?
This question seems painfully obvious at first glance… never attempt jumping a chasm beyond the capability of the leap-er. This guarantees safe chasm leaping, every time.
If this is so obvious an observation, why do so many fail in their endeavors? Surely human sentience and judgment is sufficient for realization of jeopardy associated with foolhardy or ill-advised chasm leaps.
Perhaps there is more to the dynamics required in leaping chasms?
Matching a particular chasm to a person's leaping ability should do the trick, but what else could be a factor? What else could explain a high incidence of failure when mitigation of risk seems so easy and obvious?
One thing we cannot change is the characteristic of a particular chasm, so let's say chasms are a constant and do not change.
But wait, chasms can be a variable when looked at as a collection of chasms each with different characteristics, like width and depth. Shallow chasms offer less risk of hurt in the event a second leap is needed. Deeper chasms offer higher risk of hurt but greater reward if the leap is successful. Narrow chasms offer less risk than wider chasms, but less reward if leaped.
Chasms are far trickier than they look perhaps.
Selecting the correct chasm then, seems like a key task, before attempting the leap.
An individual's leaping talent and capability is certainly a big factor and tricky variable in chasm leaping? For instance, how consistent is the individual's leaping form and how are leaping conditions that day? Wind, rain, prevailing wind, sunlight, visibility, direction, footgear, clothing, time of day, physical condition and a list of other considerations take chasm leaping from a casual mundane exercise to one of applied science and prudent study.
Yesterday's leaped chasm can quite likely be today's demise.
Could it be success links to realistic expectation and individual chasm rightsizing? Is it more important to establish desired direction and seek a path of many leap-able chasm's rather than attempting single glory leaps?
One leap per chasm – it is the law. If a leap is made in one bound, as it must be, then it was a correct chasm chosen, the operative word in this sentence, is "Chosen".
Old wisdom does not prevent or dissuade pursuit of success it simply states the obvious. "A chasm cannot be leaped using two leaps".
Oh yes, looking before leaping is an old adage too. May all your leaps be single and in the right direction and for the right reason.
Haste does make waste, and what sweeter taste… success, even when better late than never.
Patience is indeed a virtue… leaper. Just some food for thought *LOL*
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