Few years back, one cowardly person came to a master of martial arts and requested to teach him bravery. The master looked at him and said:
“I will teach you but there is a condition, if for one month you will live in a big city and to every passing person on the street you will openly look straight into his eyes and tell that you’re a coward.”
The person got really sad, because this task seemed very difficult to him. For a couple of days he was very sad and thoughtful, but to live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he traveled to the city to accomplish his mission.
At first, when meeting the passers, he got afraid, lost his speech and couldn’t contact anyone. But he needed to finish the master’s task, so he began to overcome himself. When he came up to his first passer to tell about his cowardice, it seemed to him that he would die from fear. But each time, his voice sounded louder and more confident. And then a moment came, when the man caught himself thinking that he’s not scared anymore, and the further he continued doing the master’s task, the more convinced he was that the fear was abandoning him.
That way a month had passed by. The person came back to the master, bowed to him and said:
“Thank you, teacher. I finished your task. Now I’m not afraid. But how did you know that this strange task will help me?”
The teacher smiled and said, “the thing is that cowardice is only a habit. And by doing the things that scare us, we can destroy the stereotypes and come to a conclusion that you came to. And now you know that bravery – is the same habit. And to make it a part of yourself- you need to move forward into the fear. And then the fear will run away, and bravery will take its place.
“We are not defined by our trials, but by how we face them. We are all afraid; bravery is a choice. BE BRAVE”