Sunset found me in a chaise lounge by the fire pit, fire built, not yet lit, reading a wonderful book. I watched the sun disappear and watched the whole picture in front of me transform. Although there was still light in the sky, the textures, colors and details of the trees, the boat, the pier and the island had all been replaced by one dimensional silhouettes. Shortly after the sun goes down, the bugs arrive in full force. I lit the fire hoping the smoke would deter the mosquitoes I could hear buzzing around my head. Then, bats began to appear ~ as many as a dozen at times ~ for what I would think would be their breakfast. Just like the landscape around me, the bats appeared as one dimensional silhouettes as well. Their movements are a swift and graceful dance, seemingly silent. The beating of their wings could only be heard when they came within a couple feet of my head; yes...I ducked a few times.
As graceful and beautiful as they were, I found my body occasionally tightening as they flew around me. I realized I actually had some fear of these little creatures. They were eating all the bugs I dislike and yet when I heard a mosquito buzz my ear, I quickly swatted it away, not wanting a bat to come that close to me to get it's next snack. I was afraid and then I realized my fear was due to the fact that I know little to nothing about them. We are afraid of that which we have no knowledge about. The future scares us because we don't know what's going to happen and that lack of control brings about fear. Stepping into our own greatness has the same fear attached ~ How will I do? Am I good enough? What if I fail?
When I started to feel the fear, the muscle tightening, I closed my eyes, took some deep breaths, and allowed my body to relax. I visualized the bats dancing above me until I could open my eyes and see the beauty of the real thing.
Fear often keeps us from experiencing the full potential of a beautiful life. Recognizing when you are in a place of fear and choosing to breathe through it will allow you to embrace the joy life wishes to share with you!