So imagine my concern when I walked into my kitchen last night and I stopped short before walking into this gigantic spider dangling from the ceiling, slowly dropping toward the floor. I’m talking heart-stopping fear.
I stood there long enough to catch my breath and make a plan – because there was no question who was winning this battle – I could not stand the thought of wondering where he was in the night. I found a magazine, took a deep breath, and whacked him against the floor as hard as I could. He was no more.
Afterwards, I wondered why I have such trouble channeling that kind of bravery and gumption in other situations. Whether it’s a difficult conversation, standing up for myself, or righting a wrong, I shy away from confrontations and end up unhappy and unsatisfied.
Thinking back through what happened with the spider, I want to use these principles in other situations:
- take a deep breath and quickly analyze the situation – do not act in panic
- formulate a plan
- act right away
The problem with most other situations that call for bravery is that I get hung up on the formulating a plan, and think through endless loops of possible responses and reactions and end up thinking myself out of action. I need to just do it. Just have my say, or start the conversation, or make that phone call.
How much better could life be if I was brave and acted on my best interests more often? Pretty amazing, I think.