As FDR once said, "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself."
I love watching Alex Honnold do his thing! Here is a guy who has overcome fear! Just imagine yourself there; in his shoes. Most of us would be paralyzed to be where he stands. But if you look closely you will see, he is in a state of deep bliss: a perfect moment, totally present, one with the elements and himself. He is not afraid. He is aware, awake, as happy as a person can be.
We all have this capacity; if we can get beyond our fears. Our fears not only trap us, keep us from exploring life's possibilities, they also close us down. All acts of unkindness or meanness stem from fear; fear that somehow we're not going to get our perceived needs met. We become afraid that we're going to be rejected, or not get what we think we need. So we shut down, defend, and are sometimes unkind towards ourselves and to those who point us toward another way.
The yogis and philosophers all say, our fear comes down to a fear of death or annihilation. But here's the thing; it's an irrational fear. It is the one thing we can count on! All else is subject to change, vicissitudes, but we can count on the fact that we're going to die, and so is everyone else. And here's the radical thing; it doesn't really matter when. I know, we all want to live a long, healthy life, with abundance, family and friends. But from the perspective of our Spirit, it doesn't really matter. Even our children, I suspect, will be ok if we died tomorrow. And guess what? They will die too.
But have we really lived and explored life's possibilities? Are we taking chances? Do we venture outside our comfort zone? Do we, in the words of Swami Kripalu, "Conduct experiments in Love"?
Lau Tzu left us with the following advice: If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can't achieve.
I look forward to meeting you... Out on the ledge.