Check out this BBC video of mobula rays and their artistic, acrobatic, and aerobatic show. They are spectacular. Who knew that rays could leap — and land — so amazingly? Their landing sends a huge boom through the water. The higher they leap, the bigger the bang upon landing. It is believed that the rays that make the biggest impact, give themselves the best odds of standing apart from the herd and of leaving with a mate.
Watch these fabulous flying rays (3:12):
Mating rituals aside . . . when in a group, how do you stand out from the crowd? How do you get noticed? How do you draw attention to yourself? This is not about ego-grabbing narcissism that demands every speck of attention in a social setting. This is about expressing yourself in your immediate world such that you get noticed, feel understood, and build the best opportunities to connect with others. Connection . . . it truly is what makes the world go around and is what gives significant meaning to what we do when we aren’t in the midst of connecting. We, as humans, need connection . . . why not do it with a figurative bang?
So, taking a cue from the mobula rays . . . the higher the leap, the bigger the bang upon landing and the better chance to stand out from the crowd. What is one thing you can do today or tomorrow or the next day to get noticed? To make a difference? To be you? To exercise your unique you-ness? Give yourself some credit for being important in the grand scheme of things. Leap spectacularly and land with a big bang.
Being able to think of something that you will actually do might be a stretch for us introverts. It might feel unnecessary or unbecoming or way out of one’s wheelhouse. But why not try one little thing, make a change-up in your wardrobe. Skip down the sidewalk to retrieve your mail. Engage with the barista as you wait for your Americano. Leaping is different for everyone; it is something only you can define for yourself.
Think One New Thing. Leap and land and leap all over again. It looks like these mobula rays are expending a tremendous amount of energy to go flying out of the water. This is something that I think we sometimes want to avoid: The water feels so comfy. I don’t think I can leap very high. I’m not very athletic, after all. Landing might cause me pain. Someone might laugh at me or think I am weird. Simply put? Expend the energy. Your life will become different because of it. I promise.
And the thing about leaping is that there is gravity on this planet. You will land. With a bang. Why not make it a Big Bang and stand out from the crowd? Take a stand for you. For a friend or a colleague or a student or a child or a stranger. And for the world that surrounds you. The Universe will thank you for it.
Click on the sky blue link below for today’s journal prompt. Have fun discovering (and making!) your leap!
[Print this prompt out, 3-hole punch it, and start your journaling binder. Take the writing journey and listen . . . you can’t get lost when you are following your own heart. After all, you are the only one who can hear what it has to say. The only one. Relax, read, think, feel, listen, write. Repeat. And enjoy the journey. It is a fine one, and one that is perfectly-made just for you, I promise. Life is meant to be grown.]