The other day I watched a squirrel climbing on a bare branch of one of the trees in our back yard.
The little guy had managed to venture out on a shaky limb-more of a twig, actually-which fluttered up and down with the lightest of breezes.
But he evidently had not wandered too far out.
He was far enough out there to stockpile whatever he needed on that fragile perch, but not so shaky he would fall flat on his face, or worse.
I was kind of feeling like that little squirrel last week as my wife and I put ourselves out on a limb, of sorts, by inviting some family, friends and co-workers for an open house to help christen our new home.
As Joni stretched ever farther out on the limb stockpiling food and beverages, I cautioned her that we may not have many people show up, and then we'd be stuck with all that food.
"It's better to have too much than not enough," she assured me.
Fair enough, I thought, worst case scenario we'd have plenty to add to a church or office potluck.
The limb more than held up, though, as guests stopped by throughout the afternoon of the open house.
We knew there would be those who wouldn't be able to make it. It was during a weekend, after all, and that's when people catch up with their families and spend time on the home front.
But there was a good turnout of folks, 21 people in all, who helped make our day-including family who traveled all the way from Cle Elum to be with us.
To top it off, we had just the right amount of food.
There was enough for everyone to eat what they wanted, and enough for Joni and I to have tasty leftovers to snack on and share with others.
Thanks to our company, that limb wasn't nearly as shaky as I thought. In fact, our experience has emboldened us to put ourselves out there again some time.
You can learn a lot from a squirrel, namely that you can have a safety net out there you never knew existed until you put yourself out on a limb.