I was driving east on I-70 in Colorado, just west of Denver, when a friend on the phone suggested that I stop and see Mt. Evans.
A 15 mile road, which is the highest paved road in North America, leads you to a heavenly sight. I really didn’t think much about the journey to the top because I was enjoying awesome views – green trees, streaming water jetting down from the mountain, blue skies. I could see cars moving along near the top of the mountain, but even then I wasn’t thinking about what was to come. It was somewhere around the timberline that I turned a corner and faced a dirty four letter word – FEAR! Yes, I’m afraid of heights. Glancing to my left I saw the edge of the road blend in with the sky and my whole being felt ill; my arms tensed and I could feel a tingling sensation running down the back of my neck. Thoughts of turning around entered my mind, but there was no way I could make a hundred and eighty degree turn and just the thought of trying gave me the heebie-jeebies. I crept forward, like a tortoise, until I arrived at the first turn-off. As I got out of the car, I noted a chiseled rock sign near a path that read – Mind Your Step. Wow, as if I needed a reminder!
It was at this point on my self-guided tour that I knew I had to face my fears to get to the top. So, I mustered up enough nerve to…hitch-hike! Sometimes a fear that would keep you from reaching your goals can be resolved with a little help from a friend. J.T. and Rebecca were more than happy to watch me squirm in the back seat of their truck. Well, J.T. was. Rebecca couldn’t see me because she had her eyes closed and kept reciting the Lord’s Prayer! I knew I was in good hands.
Well, I made it to the top! And, I’m proud to say, back down again. I’ll always remember this venture as being the time that I was…um, resourceful. Brave? Not so much…well, maybe just a little.
Be resourceful to Mind Your Own Business at Home, Work or Play.