Years ago, many, many years ago, my sister and I went into a haunted house that was set up in a mall. We were probably 11 and 13 or 12 and 14, maybe younger. Maybe older, I really have no clue. All I remember is it was scary. We were walking slowly together both getting more terrified. We were on a path with a soft uneven floor that I was afraid I would trip on, not really able to see where we were going. Suddenly someone jumped out right in front of us. We both screamed, my little sister pushed the person out of the way and I held on to her as she ran through the rest of the maze to the end.
Today I was worrying about various things in life and work and starting to feel overwhelmed and anxious. When I am filled with anxiety I want to crawl up on the couch or get under the covers and hide from my worries and fears. But it never helps. They don’t disappear when I am hiding. So I was trying to remember that over the years of feeling anxious I have learned the best thing to do is keep moving. Go for a run, clean the kitchen, make the phone call, finish the file, take action. But I really didn’t want to do that.
Then I started thinking about that haunted house trip with my sister. If our fear had frozen us in place we never would have gotten out, we would have stayed afraid. Instead we got moving and escaped the fear.
Now I am going to be honest with you. If I had been alone in that haunted house I probably would have stayed frozen in fear. It was not me, the older sister, who pushed the guy out of the way and started running. I was the one hanging on to the little sister as she pulled me to freedom.
Sometimes I can escape the haunted houses of life on my own but truthfully most of the time I need someone to push or pull me forward, someone who can see beyond the spot I am currently standing in or who at least still believes there is a spot beyond it. Today it was in talking with a friend that I was able to remember that I take action when I feel anxious. Without that accountability I probably would have crawled in bed and wasted a day.
Life is full of adventures, some wonderful, some not so wonderful. But as long as we keep moving we can climb that mountain or simply get ourselves out of the pit. So keep moving today and if you are stuck find someone, like my sister or a friend, who will push the bad guy out of the way and pull you to safety.