Whispers in the Wind……. An essay by William Marshall

Fifteen-year-old Ava stood at the edge of the small cliff, peering over the precipice to the winding river below. Her heart raced, not from fear but from excitement. Her friends had dared her to leap from the cliff, a rite of passage in their small town. Many had done it before, but not her. Yet.

The wind caressed her face and played with her hair. In that moment of quiet contemplation, she remembered a phrase her grandmother had often repeated, “Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.” Grandma had always said it was a guidance from the Holy Spirit, an ethereal voice of intuition and love. Closing her eyes, Ava took a deep breath and whispered, “Is this right for me?”

A gentle but firm voice, more of a feeling than an actual sound, replied, “Is it for them or for you?” She pondered the question. Was she doing it to prove something to others or because she truly wanted to?

Opening her eyes, she took a step back from the cliff’s edge. “It’s not the right time,” she murmured. Her friends, who had been waiting at a distance, rushed to her. “Did you get scared?” one asked. Ava smiled confidently, “No, I just chose a different adventure for today.”

The group looked a little confused but respected her decision. They spent the rest of the day exploring the woods, and to Ava’s surprise, it was filled with new paths, hidden nooks, and moments of laughter. As the sun set, Ava felt a deep contentment. She realized that real adventures came from following one’s heart, and the courage it took to listen to that inner voice was the most daring leap of all.

From that day forward, she became known among her peers as the girl who listened to whispers in the wind, making choices that resonated with her soul, fearlessly following the path laid out by the Holy Spirit. And in doing so, she inspired others to do the same.

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