For those of you who suffer from anxiety and fear, I thought it proper to share this amazing little story; your struggle is not a solitary one as you might think! This story comes from the works of Pema Chodron, whose writings I find both confident and extraordinary!
“Once there was a young WARRIOR. His teacher told him who had to do battle with FEAR. He did not want to do this. FEAR was huge, powerful and aggressive! The warrior was small and weak. Nonetheless, the teacher gave the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. FEAR and the WARRIOR stood facing each other. Despite feeling terrified, the WARRIOR roused himself and went towards FEAR, prostrated three times, and asked FEAR, “May I do battle with you?” FEAR was impressed with the warrior’s demeanor. “Thank you for asking permission to do battle with me”, FEAR said. “How can I defeat you?”, the WARRIOR asked. Fear replied, “My strongest weapons are that I talk fast and speak loud in your head. Then you panic and do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no POWER. You can LISTEN to me and have RESPECT for me, you can even be CONVINCED by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no POWER.” The WARRIOR stared at FEAR intensely in the face, dropped his weapons, and then walked away from him. The battle was over.”