I was talking to him (a trapeze artist, a flyer) and he said, ‘Henri, everyone is always applauding me because I make these spectacular triples. But the real hero is the one that is not so much applauded. That’s the catcher. The catcher is on a catch bar that moves… The greatest temptation for me as a flyer is to try to catch the catcher. Because the catcher will be there. I have to trust that. When I come down from my triple I have to stretch out my hands, and whether I am here, or there, or here, or there, I have to trust that he will be there. And he will pull me right up into the cupola. That’s what I have to trust. If I start reaching around, then we break our wrists and then we are in trouble.’
And I suddenly realized what life is all about. We are invited to make a lot of triples and jumps. But the great thing is to trust the catcher and to know we will be caught when we come down from our triples, and our doubles, and our special tricks. Somewhere, I keep asking myself, ‘do I trust the Catcher?’ Do I dare to say, ‘into your hands I commend my spirit,’ do I dare to let go - to say that it will happen even when I am so scared at times?
I enjoy flying. I enjoy taking risks, doing awesome things. But somewhere underneath all of that there is this trust that there is a Catcher.