“A lone figure is waving
From the thin line of a bridge
Of ropes and slates, slung
Dangerously out between
The cliff-top and the pillar rock.”
I was terrified crossing The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge as a child. I don’t have a head for heights. Telling me to not look down didn’t help either. The thin slates beneath my feet felt too slippery. How would the loosely slung ropes swinging in the high wind protect me if I fell? I lived to tell the story thankfully.
Today the famous thin line of a bridge that hangs near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland is perfectly safe. The 20m-long, 1m-wide bridge of wire rope spans the chasm between the sea cliffs and the little island of Carrick-a-Rede, swaying 30m above the rock-strewn water. I drove past the now famous tourist site this week on my way to explore the rock pools surrounding Dunseverick Castle and Harbor.
This childhood memory got me thinking about all the different ways we develop or exercise bravery. Maybe it’s to stand up for something we believe in. Or, we need it to fight a deadly disease. Perhaps we need to make a daring escape from a confined situation, or we just need to ask for help.
I hope reflecting on these questions will move you towards greater acts of bravery;
1. What do I want more of in my life?
2. Am I willing to let go of what is no longer serving me?
3. What makes me come alive?
4. At the end of each day have I contributed more than I’ve criticized?
5. Am I going after what I want?
6. Asking for help is a sign of power not weakness. Am I humble enough to ask for what I I want or need?
7. Am I making life giving choices over deadening choices, daily?