There is a big bad monster lurking behind the front door,
The monster’s name is Fear, and as long as you stay away from him you feel safe.
You make your home cozy with a comfy chair, plenty of reading material, and a well-stocked pantry. You sign up for all the cable channels and snuggle up with a warm blanket. You have a cell phone and a laptop and tell yourself that hearing about something or reading it online is almost as good as doing it yourself.
You convince yourself there is no reason to go outside anyway, and this helps you block the monster from your mind.
For a while, this works pretty well.
One day, you pass by the window and see flowers blooming outside. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and the grass is green. You wonder how the grass would feel under your bare feet. In fact, you try to remember the last time your feet were bare.
You shake your head and and move past the window, getting back to the business of your day. “The grass is probably damp, and the flowers will attract bees anyway,” you tell yourself. It is easier for you to make excuses about why you don’t want to go outside than it is to admit you’re scared of the monster at the front door.
Each day you pass by the window and see the flowers, the grass, and the bright sunlight, and each day you tell yourself you don’t need those things in your life. After all, you can see them through the window, and isn’t that good enough?
Over time, though, your house starts to get a little stuffy,
and you long to open a window or door to welcome a breeze. You start telling yourself it is all in your mind, and if you just think cool thoughts you won’t need an actual breeze.
When that doesn’t work, you change into a tanktop and shorts.
Pretty soon it gets warmer and you start fanning yourself with a magazine. You drink a big glass of ice water. As the sweat starts beading on your forehead you stand in front of an open refrigerator for a relief.
Before long, it is sweltering.
You can’t stand being inside anymore, and if you don’t open the door you think you might faint. It doesn’t even matter anymore that the monster Fear is on the other side because you are going to stop breathing if you stay inside a minute longer.
And that, friends, is The Moment, the instant you realize that the pain of being where you are is greater than the fear of experiencing the unknown.
You walk to the front door, fling it wide open, and stare right into the eyes of Fear.
And Fear blinks.
We leave in 7 days for our epic adventure, and people keep talking about the excitement and the buzz around our departure. I won’t kid you – it IS exciting – but nothing beats the freedom and joy we felt on the day we decided to do this thing over 2 years ago.
My wish for you as we begin our trip is to experience your own Moment where you look Fear in the face and realize he won’t bite. He won’t even block your path unless you let him. He may walk side-by-side with you sometimes, but he will never get in your way unless you let him. And once you realize that, you’ll never let Fear hold you back again.
Now get out there and do great things!
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