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  • Writer's pictureClaudia Lee-Ottman

The Other Side

One day my husband invited me on a hike of unparalleled beauty and serenity.

After the busy week I had at work, I especially welcomed the serenity, absorbed by my body on the cushioned trail through the moist storybook forest, plush with bird song and a distant rippling of water over rocks. Yet the rippling rapidly turned to a rush as my eyes spotted a three wire bridge, hovering six feet or so above frigid flowing water that now separated me from the other side.

I felt fear bubble in my blood though I knew I should be able to white-knuckle my way along the wires at snail speed. Still fear held my body hostage in my comfort zone while my inclination for high drama taunted my confidence with what-if's.

Yet my wet shoes and I inched onto the wire as it bowed and swayed with each movement, and when reaching the other side I was ecstatic to have pushed myself to get where I really wanted to go. Sometimes we are the real obstacle keeping us from our goal.

"Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right." Tony Robbins


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