Thursday, May 21, 2009
I remember as a kid playing with my older cousin that we would do some dare devil stuff. One of the games was to see who could walk the "plank" across a shallow ravine. It wasn't really deep, but there was a little stream below with rocks. The "plank" was an old tree that had fallen.
So we would each get up on this log and see who could make it across without falling or losing balance. I didn't like heights so this was a scary game for me. Yet, I wanted to appear cool and okay about the whole thing.
So I'd take a deep breath and start walking. The first steps weren't bad because the log was resting on the bank. It was when I got out into thin air that things got difficult. I could hear the rushing water below and see the potential dangers of rocks and sticks in those waters. I would imagine falling, and I would. After several tries, I found that as long as I would focus on the spot just in front of my feet and not look at the stream below, I could get across the log. I just needed to put one foot in front of the other and not lose my focus.
There are still days that I need to remind myself that it's just one foot in front of the other. And to not focus on the future but just what is right in front of me. And by doing that I am able to keep in balance, face my fears, and make my way.