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Four guys in a jeep on a jungle trail in Viet Nam

I was told several years ago about four guys in a jeep on a jungle trail in Viet Nam. All was well until they were suddenly under fire from Viet Cong all around them. Bullets were flying at them from every direction. The driver tried frantically to turn the jeep around rather than simply go in reverse. In the process the road was too narrow the shoulders too soft and the jeep was stuck.

The driver yelled for every to jump out and grab a corner of the jeep. They did so and physically lifted the jeep off the ground and turned around in the space of a few seconds. The task accomplished they jumped back into the jeep and drove out of harms way.

When they arrived back at the base camp – wide eyed and filled with a mixture of excitement and terror – they told their unbelieving buddies what had happened. When challenged as the veracity of their story they said, “We’ll show you.” And when they grabbed the four corners of the jeep they couldn’t lift it off the ground.

This is the power of fear.

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