Baby Steps or Giant Leaps?

Happy July 4th week! I have not blogged in nine months. There’s no excuse, other than I am re-calibrating (now there’s a shifty word) my work on so many levels. Do you ever find yourself at the precipice of change but not quite ready to leap across the chasm? This is the adult version of the kid’s game Giant Steps. It may be a recipe for frustration, or worse, stalled purpose. This is an issue for so MANY of us. For others, they might be enlightened or more likely, unawake, even dead, to the call of purposeful transformation in their lives. Great leaders suggest that small steps will ultimately lead to significant mileage and a new landscape. Great writers prescribe the practice of writing 100 words or so a day, until voila, a bestseller has been word processed. Great beings urge us to cross chasms by leaping past our limiting beliefs and tentative steps: the bolder, the better. Are you a stepper, a leaper, or some of each? What works best for you and how so?

It is not so simple. I know that much as I like the notion of leaping, I am 1. afraid of heights and diving, and 2. more temperamentally suited to taking steps before I leap. So today, check your chasm quotient, and take a few or a thousand steps. Clean out one closet or box of files, or the whole darn house. Share your game or intention here or at, and I will be your “cheer-leaper.”

Coming soon: New blog, new website, and co-authored with Barbara Neiman, My Calm Place: Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation Strategies for Children, an easy-to-use 50 card deck for all ages, with suggestions & instructions. (, Amazon). When ordering, use code word CALM at Pesi for discount and free shipping.




About sheilaklewis

As a writing coach, meditation teacher, writer, and academic tutor, I'm passionate about words and the silent spaces between words. In this context, I run book clubs and writers' groups where the resonance of carefully crafted words can spark readers and writers to share their own stories. Connecting through conversation; making memories matter; embracing editing and revision, and imaginative wordplay are some solo and collective outcomes. I came to what I call my "Meditate Write Now" practice after years of art-making, writing grants, curriculum, children's stories, and more. Meditation kept my mind from meandering too far off point and also led me to write from the still point within. May our paths cross in creative journeys across time and internet connections! Other details: My husband and I are the parents of two amazing sons and one daughter-in-law, and smitten grandparents of Micah (born December, 2013). I don't drive, and have lived in the same apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, for too long.
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3 Responses to Baby Steps or Giant Leaps?

  1. Pingback: Baby Steps or Giant Leaps? | sheilaklewis

  2. Margarita says:

    Maybe it is that simple…just not easy! 😉 xoM

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