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. 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.