Today I would like to share a personal story with you. Those of you that know me well, you know that I have a fear of birds. I attribute this to having watched Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film “The BIRDS” at a young age and I was traumatized for life. This is a real fear, I am afraid of birds flying too close to me and God Forbid land on me.
When we are in Florida, I like to get up early to ride my bike and watch the sunrise. In our community, there are pathways that surround the lake with many bridges and overpasses, so it’s not only beautiful, but it’s a great cardio workout. In order to smoothly cross over the bridges, you need to be going at a fairly good pace. Yesterday morning while riding as I approached one of the bridges, there blocking my entrance were two very large creatures, that I would describe as half duck and half bird. No lie, these creatures were the size of small turkeys. They had red heads and even a gobbler. I was in a pickle, a real dilemma. First I decided to ring the bell on my bike surely that would make them move, but alas they stood their ground not even a twinge! I had a decision to make, do I forge ahead and overcome my fear of these birds flying into me or do I turn around and go over another bridge. In my mind I pictured them flying right into me and me falling off my bike! Often in life, we come to these crossroads, where we have to decide which road to travel. The same is true for all the health choices you need to make to sustain a healthy lifestyle. What will your choices be? I had to make a decision. My heart was pounding, I decided to make a run for it. I sped up on my bike and flew past them, luckily they did not fly into me, in fact they still did not budge an inch! I felt victorious, I took a leap of faith, faced my fears and felt like I was a conqueror!
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”