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Facing Our Fears

By Zen_sheila @BeZensational

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“Okay, promise you won’t freak out” ~ the first words out of my daughters mouth as I answered the phone.  (A sentence that simultaneously peaks your interest and sinks your heart into the pit of your stomach.)

“I scaled a building”, she continues in a rather elated tone.  (She’s been working out of state as a personal assistant for a summer job.) 

“You… did what?”

“I was alone at my bosses apartment, they’re on vacation for a few days, and I heard a noise on the roof, and went up there to check it out.  The door was really heavy and it closed on its own behind me.  I was locked out and didn’t have my cell phone, so… I had to walk the ledge of the building to get back into another door.”

“Oh my God… what?”, I asked – heart pounding in my chest.  ”They live in a penthouse don’t they?”

“Yes.  On the 13th floor!  I couldn’t wait for help because they were on vacation for a few more days and I didn’t have my phone, and I was so high up, who would hear me?   I was proud of myself for conquering my fears!”

As a mom I thought surely she had lost her mind.  I mean what ON EARTH was she thinking?  I handed my husband the phone as I told my daughter, “explain to dad what you just did!”  My eyes grew large as I watched him listening to her, then smile and say, “Well that’s great that you saw what you needed to do and you did it!”  I waved my hands in the background while mouthing the words but never do anything like that again!

When it comes down to it, he was absolutely right – even though I would rather the situation had not been so literal!  Each of us arrives at a proverbial ledge at times in our life.  We are faced with the choice of risk and reward over playing it safe and waiting for a different opportunity to present itself.  We weigh our options, sometimes way too long, but eventually there comes a point where we must put aside our fears, take a few deep breaths, and step out onto that ledge.  With courage and confidence, prayer and positive thinking, we take a chance on ourselves.

As with any decision you make in life, that first step is always the most intense.  With each additional step your confidence grows.

I’ll end this with a mom disclaimer:  DO NOT attempt to do this at home.  The only people who should ever do this would be window cleaners and a member of the flying Wallenda family.  Neither of which my daughter is involved in.

*Personal note:  I had a hard time titling this one!  Either “Facing Our Fears” or “The Thought of Three Days Without a Smartphone”.


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