When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Fear and Freedom

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; 
after that, fear has no power, 
and the fear of freedom 
shrinks and vanishes. You are free. 
~Jim Morrison~

I had to read this a couple of times, and then I loved it.  You see, a long time ago, I was terrified of heights.  I didn't know what to do or how to overcome it.  I couldn't go up on high edges because I imagined myself falling off.  
I had some friends who believed that the best way to treat my problem was with a healthy dose of rock climbing.  I learned to climb.  Small heights at first, and finally larger ones.  I have climbed in Las Vegas, Colorado, Utah and California, as well as all around the state of Arizona. I have climbed in the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.   I have stood at Toroweap and looked down to the river far below.  I learned to overcome my fear until it had no power to control me.  
I can't say that I am completely over my worries of heights, but they don't stop me from doing what I enjoy anymore.  I am more willing to hike and be outdoors.  I am more willing to look over the top of a canyon.  I still worry about the kids falling, but I have stopped worrying about falling myself.  
I have had some amazing experiences all while overcoming my greatest fear.  I have seen beautiful places, and beautiful things.  I have had moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  Sunrises and Sunsets, Vistas and views all within my reach as I struggled and learned and overcame.  
The fear is gone and I am truly free.  

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a testimony of overcoming a fear. I am afraid of driving the car. I think it came from being a nurse in the ICU and all of the car accident victims I took care of. I have not given up driving and I have the attitude that if I keep driving I can beat this one.