The main idea in "The Leap" is that there is time to think before making a decision on what to do, even in emergencies. This is demonstated by the three leaps made by the narrator's mother. These include her leaping to safety from the fire in the tent, making the leap to love her second husband, and running into the fire to save her daughter. In each of these instances, time seemed to slow down, and she made a conscious decision to "take the leap". The fact that she was able to decide to let herself take the leap when jumping from the fire and falling in love, and the fact that she was able to decide how to best save herself and her child, shows that there is time to think before making a decision, even in emergencies.