Many people look at me sideways because I am so willing to test the unknown. I know that it is human nature to ridicule things that are strange or beyond our capabilities. However, we need to make an effort to combat this urge. I tell people it isn’t that I’m not afraid it is that I don’t let the fear stop me. I believe if more people thought that way great changes would happen in the world. People who were letting the fear keeping them from asking for a raise, moving away, standing up to a bully, etc. would be able to change their path into a more desired direction. Don’t live through other people live your own life to the fullest. Scared but not stopped.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7
This kind of goes along with my last post. How fear and knowledge work hand in hand. It is important to note in this short verse how much information is included. Wisdom and discipline is the key to knowledge. You have to train yourself to take the time to seek out information. When seeking out something that is so much greater then you are (this could be God or anything) that a healthy bit of fear is ok. In fact, it is expected. I am sure that when a architect is faced with a huge project or new design there is some fear involved. The key is wisdom and discipline. Wisdom to know what you are doing and the discipline to continue on your way. This leads to greatness.
It can be used in everyday life. For example, I am in the search of a new vehicle. I know what I want and the price I can pay. I have spent time looking at models and reviews. I have spent time looking the price ranges all over the states. I also am a little fearful of spending so much money. It is always a risk, buying any vehicle but it is a calculated one. I feel that overall the investment will be worth while.
What are your thoughts?
I am scared, or rather I could be scared. I am going to a foreign country, by myself, with no other contact then the tour group I am using. I will be gone about two weeks traveling in a country who’s personal believes are far different from my own. I have every right to be scared.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” –Frank Herbert: Dune
It really hit me a couple of days ago what I was going to do. This trip is a huge undertaking. However, instead of panicking I reminded myself all the hours of research that has gone into this trip. Hours researching the tour group, the culture, the language, food, etc. I have probably spent more time researching then I will be on my trip. That is OKAY! In fact, that is perfect. By giving myself all the information I can find, I will be able to enjoy the trip. Now thinking of this trip I feel only excitement and the normal anxiety that comes with traveling.
I feel that more people should put the time and effort into learning about their goals and adventures. Perhaps if we had more information at our disposal we would make better judgment calls. It also helps to have an open mind too and a willingness to experience the world around you.
So as I board my plane to fly to Morocco keep in mind that I probably wont be able to post a whole bunch or respond to comments. However, I will post pictures asap. Send me happy thoughts and prayers as I embark on this most excellent adventure.