Fear has a way of making decisions for us. Often times the decision is less than wise. I learned this at the right hand of my Mom. My Mom was a fearful driver and on top of this already strong fear of driving, she had the fear of turning left. Not an ideal mix and certainly not fun for a passenger. Even as a young child I knew how strong her fear was and the lengths she would go to avoid the fear.
I remember watching my Mom close her eyes as she would turn left. I realized what a bad idea that was, but not having a license pretty much put me at a disadvantage to give my thoughts. There was an accident once as she turned left that altered her fear even more. Suddenly we were going everywhere by turning right. It sounds like a terrific plan except for the extra time and miles this could add to even the shortest trip.
What I learned is that sometimes when life happens we are left with fear. It is not the fear that is the problem it’s the control it has on us, I watched a masterful attempt at outwitting fear and all it did was create even more to fear. We will spend our whole lives facing many difficult challenges. Many of these challenges will be our fork in the road sending us in a new direction and possibly changing our life. If we let fear decide for us what direction we should take, there is a good chance all we will be left with is fear.
When you sit down to weigh your options think about this. Challenges full of life stretching opportunities, meeting new people, starting a new chapter in your life, or taking a leap of faith, could all be ahead of you or you could be left with fear. I know which direction I would choose, how about you?