There Once was a Man who was Afraid of Heights
A Modern Parable
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There once was a man who was greatly afraid of heights. When he climbed to the top of the temple, he shook and could not approach the railings. An elder tried to take his hand, to lead him, but he refused. And so they descended to the ground together.
Looking up, the elder said, “a thousand times I have climbed these steps. The first nine hundred and ninety nine, I felt fear. But today, with you, I felt no fear.”
The man looked at the elder incredulously.
“I knew,” the elder continued, “that each of the nine hundred and ninety nine, I had not fallen. I saw the fear in your eyes, and knew that I would not fall.”
“But,” said the man, “it is possible that we could fall?”
“Yes. It is possible.” replied the elder. “But why live in fear of the possible, when you can enjoy the magnificent view of the present?”
The elder and the man ascended the stairs once again. Together they climbed to the height of the temple and looked out over the railing. Their hearts beat in exhilaration. They looked upon the view from that magnificent height. Did the possibility exist that they could fall? Yes. But they refused to live in fear. Instead, they breathed the excitement of the moment: the joy that accompanies living life fully in each and every moment.
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