I went to the beach with a friend who I haven't seen a while. Thankfully the distance between us held no weight to the bond between us and it was as if no time had come between us. We instantly had a great time, like old times. Whew!
Then, while on the beach, I turned my head to face a different direction and noticed an old friend I hadn't seen in a few years. Remember how I wrote earlier about leaving the community, well, that meant friends too. This friend was sitting about 20 feet away from me and I became nervous.
"Do I say hello?" I asked the girl I was with.
"Of course" she replied.
"Oh but I don't think I can. I just abandoned everyone years ago."
The struggle in my mind was real. The old friend walked past me to go for a walk. While she was gone, I sat up, gathered my thoughts and my courage and decided I would say hello when she came back.
I did and...
Well, OF COURSE everything worked out wonderfully. She and her husband were happy to see me and there was no reason to have feared the meeting. I think I hugged her five times and her husband three times.
It was really refreshing to realize fear had no position in my life though I was allowing it.
Yesterday's adventure turned into a huge lesson for me, one I'm glad I had the courage to face.