When you are preparing to start a major project like downsizing and decluttering, it takes planning and preparations before you start. We gather all the appropriate tools, materials, and line up all the labor and manpower that we might possibly need. But even though we think we have thought and planned for all the contingencies, something usually happens that stalls us, and we need to call for backup.
Like the time when I was on vacation in Costa Rica, and I went zip lining over the Canopy of the Rain Forest. I thought this was no problem, I can do this. I am not afraid of heights and I am safely strapped in a safety harness. What could go wrong? I was given all the necessary instructions, the do’s and don’ts, and off I went climbing up a mountain path to the first platform.
I was safely in the middle of the pack so I could observe what was happening and how others were doing. Everyone was having a great time. Then my turn came. I cabled up and the guides had me back up on the platform to get a running start and gave me a gentle push off the edge of the platform. Off I went hanging on for my life!
I cannot remember what the scenery looked like all I can remember was looking off in the distance for the landing platform. Then it happened. I stopped! I was within several yards from the platform and it might as well have been 10 miles. What was I going to do? Well, the instruction we were given was to lean back and grab the overhead cable and pull yourself, hand over hand, to the landing platform. Okay, I started that and wasn’t getting any place fast and then panic set in. Now what!
This is when it is a good idea to have backup. Julio, one of the guides, came to the rescue. Out he came, hooked up with me and proceeded to haul me into the landing platform that was wrapped around a huge tree. I hugged Julio and then the tree. Then I realized that I had 6 other lines I needed to do before I reached the end of the course.
Getting started was the hardest and as I progressed through the course I relaxed, built my confidence, and started to enjoy myself. I have always been grateful for the backup. Without Julio, in my panicked state I would have just floundered over the rain forest. Eventually I would be pulled onto the landing platform, but it would not have been easy or very pretty. That is why, even with the best plan, materials, and equipment you need backups for the “just in case” something happens.