Fear is such a powerful emotion that the way we react to it will ultimately determine what we achieve and who we become. Fear creates confusion, hinders our determination, creates impatience, places roadblocks in our pathway toward personal growth, and impairs our ability to change. Our brains are hard-wired to release chemicals in the heat of battle which cause us to stand up and fight like a warrior as a response to the most intense situations we face, but sadly, all too often, we tend to run from our fear which robs us of attaining so much more because what we are facing seems way too risky.
To me, “no risk” equals “no reward” however my risk free world came crashing down last winter when I was faced with my own fear of being an ineffective father. Even though I admired many of those men around me who were “good fathers”, I sadly didn’t buy into the need or desire to become one until I was met head on with the pain, heartache, and suffering as the result of my failure as an effective Dad. Now, I appreciate the depth and impact that an effective father makes; and I don’t think there is a harder more powerful, rewarding, or impactful job in this world.
The lessons learned in the woods and along my journey have been valuable and necessary for my growth, renewal, and rediscovery. Success to me is much more than wins, losses, or bagging that giant buck. Life is about uncertainty and adventure. The lessons along your journey can serve as a reminder of who you are, where you have been, where you are going, how far you have come, and how changing your direction can impact your future. Embrace uncertainty, and don’t let what you CAN’T do prevent you from doing what you CAN. If I can do it then so can you.
I have always admired people who are not afraid to put one foot in front of the who have the attitude that quitting is not an option. The only one who ever fails is the only one who never tries. If you are not happy, fix the problem. You have the tools to slay the Goliath that stands in your way. God is waiting for you and wants to be a part of your journey. Hope, love, forgiveness is found at the Cross. Its up to you. God speed.