A Leap of Faith
“I don’t know what we’re doing here – you and me … I don’t know what we are or what we can be, but this doesn’t have to be about that. This can just be about … a chance. Taking a chance.” We are taught at children to look and not touch. During the holiday season, one can peruse various markets and stores and see young children holding their hands behind their backs, actively looking but not touching. British author Dianna Hardy, in her book “Broken Lights” tells us life is about doing exactly the opposite.
Kwanzaa is completed and families have returned to their normal routines. The lights of Hanukah have been lit for the last time and we are fast approaching the end of the twelve days of Christmas. The tenth day of Christmas, just finished in all time zones, speaks of ten lords a leaping … after the nine ladies dancing one can only presume.
It brings to my mind a question. Do we merely dance through this thing we call life or do we leap? Are we really willing to take a chance or are we simply content to waltz through known steps with familiar companions along heavily traveled pathways? Certainly a young woman never danced with a stranger in the assemblies of old. Have we taken the edicts of ancient societies and used them to restrict our own living?
The book “False Gods” by Scottish writer Graham McNeill contains a very interesting conversation: “When you have come to the edge of all that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen,’ the Warmaster had told him. ‘And what are they?’ he had asked. ‘That there will be something solid to stand on or you’ll be taught to fly,’ laughed Horus as he jumped.”
I cannot remember a time when certain relatives did not label me a “wimp”. The term itself is interesting and although meant as an insult, I considered it something of a compliment. It is also incorrect but more on that later. To be a wimp means one is a weakling or lacks courage but therein lays the dilemma. You see, such a term can only be defined within the narrow parameters of one’s field of vision. Growing up with relatives who were always injuring themselves defying the laws of gravity, I considered myself wiser and that while they might consider me a wimp, it really just meant I was smart enough not to be so injured.
When it comes to people, I have great courage. It is not that I am that brave; I just am that full of faith. I believe in people, hence this blog. The term “wimp” has other meanings, though. “Weakly Interacting Massive Particle” is an acronym for the dark matter that comprises most of the universe, known and unknown. Simply put, it is all the stuff we do not yet know about our world beyond our planet.
WIMP as an acronym has two other meanings. The first is a computer term: In computing stands for ‘Window, Icon, Menu, Pointer’. This acronym was developed in 1980 by Merzouga Wilberts and though it is seldom used, we all use it every day. Most of us have a desktop that contains icons which provide a short cut to a program. These icons serve as a menu to our programs and when we click on the icon, the program opens. Congratulations, you just used a WIMP to access this blog.
The last acronym for WIMP was devised by a politician and so don’t be surprised that it is, like the term used by my cousins, considered an insult. Russ Limbaugh developed WIMP to refer to a “women influenced male person”, something he considered less than desirable, less manly. Mr. Limbaugh has apparently forgotten that no one is born without being influenced and grown within a woman’s body. He himself, therefore, is a WIMP, based upon his own definition.
Wimps are not necessarily people who do not take a leap into the world. They might just be people who take a different path to that leap. I certainly do not want you to leap out in front of a speeding train or moving vehicle today. I would advise you to take the advice of Sarah Ban Breathnach. “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself.”