Facing Fears

We all have some things we fear. Some times a little fear is good but what about when it keeps you from doing something you really want to do?

I recently took my three year old grandson, Joshua, to a gymnastics session for tots. When he first got there he would climb to the start of a long trampoline you can run and jump on. He would stand there and look at it for a few minutes and then turn around and play with something else. I tried to encourage him and even held his hand. He pulled away and went back to playing with other things.

Other children began to arrive and go up to the trampoline and run recklessly down it jumping and laughing. Some even ran at full speed jumping into a pit of foam blocks. Joshua would watch them and go back up to the head of the trampoline, stand there a while taking deep breaths. Then he would turn and go back to playing with something else.

Finally after we had been there for almost an hour Joshua went back up to the head of the trampoline. He stood and took several deep breaths and cautiously put a foot on the trampoline, then his other foot. I reached out and held his hand and he took a few cautious steps. Then he let go of my hand and began walking on the trampoline. Then all at once he began to run and bounce on it. He began laughing and smiling. He continued to play on the trampoline for several minutes. He would not get off of it and ran from me when it was time to go. I had to chase him to get him to get him off of it.

What fear are you trying to face in your life?

  • Are you in a bad relationship you know you should end, or just the opposite in a new relationship but afraid to take it to the next level.
  • Are you in a job where you are unhappy and need to do something about it?
  • Are you afraid to try something you have failed at in the past?
  • Something bad happening to you or loved ones?
  • Rejection?
  • Illnesses?
  • Diseases?
  • Abandonment?

The challenge is finding ways to face your fears and to take a calculated risk. To stand back and take a few deep breaths and maybe find someone you can reach out to for support/encouragement in taking that small step.