Igniting your passion, re-discovering your purpose and living your joy
Leap of Faith
Recently I have been on holiday with the family.
We went to a holiday camp in Somerset near the beach, with plenty of activities for the kids. One of the activities we signed the boys up for was the “Leap of Faith”. They had to climb up a pole, pull themselves onto a platform, jump off and hit a ball as they jumped.
I hasten to add that they were harnessed and perfectly safe.
Kieran is 11 years old and on the ASD spectrum as well as having ADHD and co-ordination issues but he wanted to do what his older brother was doing. He had fears, confidence and trust issues and things can be hard for him – but he wanted to try and we were not going to stop him. (Kieran’s Mum has given me permission to write about him).
They would have 3 goes and at his first attempt he didn’t make it to the top of the pole. We didn’t discourage him but told him he would make it on his next try.
On his second attempt he got to the top of the pole and on the platform and then he froze. He was so high and he was worried that the platform would not support him. But he only had one way down and that was to take the “leap of faith”. You could actually see him trembling at the top.
What was so amazing was that all of a sudden, everyone started to encourage him. The other children waiting their turn – starting a chant of Kieran Kieran Keiran yes you can do it. The other parents were cheering him on and even the parents and little ones in the sand pit joined in. It was as if everyone was willing him to succeed and take the one step he needed to.
There was no impatience from the other kids because he was delaying their ‘turn’ just total support. Holding the space for him, encouraging him to take the step he needed.