Wisdom from Janice Holly Booth

I wasn’t always afraid of heights. As a kid, I climbed trees and swung from the monkey bars – and you did, too, didn’t you? So what happened between ages 10 and age 40 that made me (us) incapable of standing on the edge of anything?

What happened was that somewhere along the way, I let fear close a door. And after it closed one door, it closed others, until I was not just afraid of heights, but afraid to ride my bicycle too fast, or even climb a ladder. “My life is fine without those things,” I thought. Then, a botched surgery and a brush with death revealed to me that fear had been making my decisions for a very long time. I promised that if I could just survive the surgical aftermath, I would live life like there was no tomorrow.

Easier said than done. Armed with a second chance, I charged full-steam ahead, but my knees were knocking the whole way. Here are three lessons I learned about fear.

1. Fear and discomfort are two different things (but they often masquerade as the same).

We hate discomfort: the minute we feel our hands shake, or our hearts race, we say, “Oh, I can’t do that, I’m too afraid.”  …Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Janice is a National Geographic author, an international speaker, and an award-winning CEO.

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Kay M.
.2 years ago

thank you for the article, Gail and thanks to the members for the comments.

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


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Mary B.
Mary B.2 years ago

It sounds to me like this woman dosen't know an adrenaline rush from life force. Real life force has no problem liveing life in ballance because real life loves everything and has no need of speed and competition to know it is alive, aware and in everything.

Shanti S.
S S.2 years ago

Thank you.

Marie W.
Marie W.2 years ago

Fear can protect you- too much fear can paralyze you.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


John B.
John B.2 years ago

Thanks Gail for sharing rather interesting first section of the article by Ms. Booth and the link to the full article.

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Winn Adams2 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C.2 years ago