Posts Tagged ‘fear’


I was 4 years old and at a family cookout, swimming in the pool. When no one was watching, I decided that I wanted to try and climb out of the pool using the ladder that was on the deep end. I remember using my tip toes to follow a ring around the deep end that was just high enough, I could keep my head above water.

Then, in the blink of an eye, my foot slipped and I sank to the bottom of the deep end. I remember being so scared, I couldn’t breathe and being to young to understand death, I just worried about getting air.


Then a large splash entered the water and a family member threw their arms around me and pull me to the very ladder I was trying to get to. Half a dozen people were their to fetch me from the water immediately and all I remember was coughing and finding it hard to breathe even out of the water.


I did catch my breathe and began to feel just as I had before I went under. However, that day has stayed with me for 34 years, as I developed a fear of water, swimming pools and lakes.


This Father’s Day weekend, and keeping in the routine of changing my life, I faced that fear and won! My family went to a lake in central Illinois, where I got on a boat for the first time in 30 years and swam in the lake twice for the first time ever! The result of that grind to face my challenge…the reward of having a great time on the water with my sons!


As with any setback, fear or doubt in life, if you feel like you can do it then you must meet that which is holding you back, head on and watch your reward reveal itself on the other side. Success is grown with a constant push against basic and average. For me, this weekend was about taking my mindset to the next level and I did it! Even when taking a break from your routine, you have to be in ‘change’ mode! Have a great week ahead everyone!

Upon entering the City of Vitaire, Reamy and Zytor are watched very closely by every Mort they come across. At the foot of the hill which lead up to the castle of the elder, Kristo. Reamy and Zytor are met by Dulgry and the mort guards. Duglry asks the names of the two travelers. Reamy gives his name followed by silence. Dulgry politely asks for Zytor’s name. Zytor then gives his name and a ripple of fear travels across the city. Dulgry then orders the arrest of Reamy and Zytor when it is learned that Zytor was the controller of the Dark Plague of Tormor. It is then, that Reamy states that they have been sent by the Collective Council. A silence then falls over the crowd.

As chaos builds within the Palace of the Collective Council over the appearance of another large crater, just outside the palace walls. The three Mirrormite soldiers who had been sent by Quaker to retrieve the Stone of Lydia had an unguarded path into the palace. Once inside, the lead soldier led them to the palace’s lower lever where they entered the Vault of Artifacts. It takes some time but the three soldiers find the Stone of Lydia and swipe it from  the pillar it rested upon. Hoping to leave as easily they shut the door behind them.

Then, from nowhere, the third soldier feels something grab his leg. The other two soldiers watch in terror as the third begins to turn to ash and blow away. The source reveals himself…it’s Grainger! Grainger had made it to the palace earlier and had heard the commotion. The two soldiers race out of the palace, far ahead of the slower chasing Grainger. With chaos brimming over. The Mirrormite soldiers place hoods over their heads and make their way out of the palace and into the desert, taking the Stone of Lydia with them.

Grainger stands on the palace steps and looks across the crowd for the soldiers but to no avail. He then enters the Great Hall, where the Collective Council, Mutter and Whisper are just returning from after being on top of the palace. When the council learns of the intrusion. They follow Grainger into the Vault of Artifacts and find the Stone of Lydia has been taken.

Mutter and Whisper are asked by Randor to chase down the soldiers as “All Costs”. The two agree and make their way out of the palace with haste as the council places the entire palace on the highest alert and locks it down. Fear runs amuck as many feel it may be too late already.