What does it mean to “keep your edge”?
Think about that term: the edge. If you relate that to a 200 story building, standing on the edge would be kind of scary.
If you think about the old iron merry-go-round in the park of your childhood, hanging off the edge while it spins around is exhilarating for many.
Some will say if you’re not standing on the edge you are taking up too much room.
All of these are probably true depending upon from whose perspective you are looking.
Being “on edge” means being tense, nervous, or irritable.
But add the word “the” to the middle and the meaning shifts ever so slightly:
On the edge: 1. in a precarious position. 2. In a state of keen excitement, as from danger or risk.
So being edgy sometimes comes with some preconceived notions by some that it’s impolite. Or pushy. Or uncomfortable (for those on the other side).
Yet if you’re not willing to push the envelope, to take a risk, to be audacious (using Steve Farber‘s definition: a bold and blatant disregard for normal constraints in order to change the world for the better), you very well may be losing out on an opportunity to become even more of your true self, and, in time, a positive deviant to shift the energy of the world.
Does that sound too bold? Too confronting? Too daunting? If so, you might be looking at things from your current understanding. In order to see the positive impact your being edgy might inspire, you will need to visualize who you are being when you’re in that place, even if you’re not there yet. This takes practice and commitment.
You already know what the world is like from your current perspective. You see it every day. Would would it, COULD it, look like if you become just a little more bold? A little more edgy?
When focus becomes clearer, we say it’s sharper. When you want to write something in small print, you need a sharp marker. In fact, they call it a Sharpie.
Those who stay sharp run the risk of cutting themselves or others, sure. But without that edge, everything becomes dull.
Keep your edge. Sharpen your saw, your blade, your awareness.
Wake up to your greatness and show it to us by being just a little more bold, a little more edgy. Speak up when you have something to say. Wear a brighter color than you may have previously. Read a new book or listen to a new song.
Leap and the net will appear.