I admit it! I am deathly afraid of heights. However, I was told the Gondola ride at Lake Tahoe wasn't that bad. As a motivational speaker I could not encourage others to overcome their fears if I was not willing. So I climbed into the lift and proceeded up the mountain.
Immediately, I regretted my decision.
I arrived at the top of mountain shaking from limb to limb. I nervously climbed out of the lift, walked to the nearest sign, grabbed hold of the railing and stood there trembling in fear.
Thelma & Marsha
A woman walked towards me introduced herself as Thelma and said, "Oh. I can see that you are afraid." I was blotting the tears from my eyes when she continued, "Come with me, Dear. You've come this far. The view on the other side is beautiful." I just shook my head as she quietly reassured me, "Trust me, I'll walk beside you. You'll be okay"
Sure enough, this strange woman gently took my arm and slowly guided me around the corner.
She was right... the view literally took my breath away.
What I Have Learned:
- Feel the fear and do it anyway. Most often, to be the top salesman, open a new business, enjoy a meaningful relationship, or run your first marathon requires you feel the fear and do it anyway.
- Not all strangers are bad. Sometimes strangers are friends we just haven't met yet! Like Thelma, people often come into our lives, take us by the hand, show us a better way, a new path, and a breathtaking view!
- Life's breathtaking moments are most often out of sight, around the corner, and beyond the fear. AND OH SO WORTH IT!
Feel the fear and do it anyway!