Once upon a time, there was a warrior whose teacher told him he had to battle fear. He didn’t want to because it was scary. But his teacher said he must do it and gave him instructions for the battle.
When the day arrived, the student warrior stood on one side and fear on the other. The warrior felt small, while fear was big and wrathful. They both had their weapons, but suddenly the warrior fell prostrate and asked fear, “How can I defeat you?”
Fear replied: “My weapons are that I talk fast. And I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved and do what I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power.”
At that, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.
When things fall apart and you start feeling fear, feel lucky instead. Because only when you feel fear will you have the courage to overcome it. Being courageous and having a great life is all about being intimate with fear. Rather than being depressed or scared about fear, lean into it and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.