It’s only a Habit – An Encouraging Story About Fear

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Optimized-1One cowardly person came to a master of martial arts and asked to teach him bravery. The master looked at him and said:
– I will teach you only on one condition, if for one month you will live in a big city and to every passing person on the street you will loudly, openly and looking straight into the eyes tell that you’re a coward.
The person got really sad, because this task seemed very scary to him. For a couple of days he was very sad and thoughtful, but to live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he trav-elled to the city to accomplish his mission.
At first, when meeting the passers, he quailed, 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. The person came back to the master, bowed to him and said:
– Thank you, teacher. I finished your task. Now I’m not afraid anymore. But how did you
know that this strange task will help me?
– The thing is, – the teacher smiled, – 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 retreat, and
bravery will take its place.