Taking the Leap

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I heard a commotion through my open window one early afternoon.  It wasn’t the normal noises ducks and ducklings make, but more of an urgent quacking.  I heard that once before when a mama duck squawked boisterously when a red fox threatened her young ones from the side of the canal.

This day when I looked out, there were five ducklings pacing nervously back and forth on the lock, making panicked quacking noises as Mama — in the canal below — urged her little ones to jump.  She was teaching them to fly!

After more squawking, one by one, the five little ones jumped off the 15-foot ledge to the water below where their mother waited patiently until they had all made the leap.  What a thrill for me having a front-row seat watching the little ones get the courage to leap!

Aren’t we the same?  At times, don’t we squawk and give reasons or excuses when there’s something we know we need to learn or do but are fearful of taking the leap?

Have courage.  Like the duckling gathering courage to take the leap, you, too, can make the leap to do what you fear.


About the Author:

Kathy Ruff is a seasoned, freelance business and inspirational writer and author of the Sharing Peace on the Path blog.


  1. Suzi August 4, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Lots of leaps. Have faith. Wish I could fly like the ducklings

    • Kathy August 5, 2018 at 5:41 am - Reply

      In our own way, we can ‘fly’ like the ducklings…we just need the focus, courage and trust to make it happen. Easier said than done, but with God ALL things are possible.

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