While on vacation, I was confronted with the “opportunity” to try zip lining down a mountain ridge in Costa Rica. The zip line featured 12 platforms and traversed over 500 foot ravines, ending ever so gently at the resort in which we stayed.
So let me get this right. I am going to strap on this harness, put a plastic helmet (that looks like it’s right out of Toys”R”Us) and fly through space from platform to platform with only a leather guide to slow-me-down? Riiiiighhhht! I examined my bucket list to see whether zip lining was on it. Nope, not there. In fact, it wasn’t even on there and erased, as I held the list up to the light to check. So why? I asked myself, as the two Costa Rican guides hooked me up, tugging, and cinching buckles and straps. What was I thinking?
The fact is, I was scared to death. But to be even more honest, I am scared every day at work too. Do I have what it takes today to bring the best of me to every client and staff interaction? Do I have what it takes to be a great husband, father, friend, colleague, and employer? Put that way, climbing the first platform was less daunting. I face fear everyday; this is just one more test.