I made a telephone call for a friend the other day, one that she felt tentative about making for herself. If I had been making the call for myself, then I might well have felt the same. Our reticence concerned having to ‘bother’ someone else whilst being unsure how they would react.
A polite enquiry and a sympathetic ear made light of any problem on that occasion. For myself then a good outcome. I helped my friend and received positive feedback that my approach was fine, for that hitherto ‘scary’ person.
Whilst this was a very minor event and certainly without dire consequences, the phrase ‘fools rush in where angels fear to tread‘ written by Alexander Pope in 1709 as part of his ‘An Essay on Criticism‘, came to my mind. A line incidentally popularised in song by Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan.
It’s a great phrase, no wonder often reproduced. I’ve been wondering since whether there are places where angels are careful about going and by implication perhaps that we, as human, would do well to avoid.
Leaving aside physical danger, we can often have a fear of the unknown, or an anxiety about how something in the future is going to work out. Perhaps that fear is a good thing, galvanising us in to making the necessary preparation or perhaps we are so unsure how to act, that we end up like ‘a rabbit in headlights’ not knowing which way to turn.
Until we make a step, in whatever direction, fear mode will inevitably keep us stuck. The next step might bring us more fear or we might find an angel on our shoulders guiding the way. I believe in angels and it gives me comfort and support to know that there is another energy out there, on my side. Even if this is no comfort to you, nevertheless the equivalent is believing that there is something benevolent on your side, even if that is kidology for your brain to feel more settled and able to generate a new way of thinking.
Over to you…what helps you when you are in a jam or life is just plain difficult? Do share in the Comments below 🙂