THE STUDENT AND THE MASTER
One cowardly person came to a Master of martial arts and asked him to teach him bravery. The Master looked at him and said:
“I will teach you only with one condition: for one month you will have to live in a big city and tell every person that you meet on your way that you are a coward. You will have to say it loudly, openly and look straight into the person’s eyes.”
The student got really worried, because this task seemed very scary to him. For a couple of days he was very sad and thoughtful. To live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he traveled to the city to accomplish his mission.
At first, when meeting the passersby, he squirmed, lost his speech, and couldn’t look anyone in the eye. He needed to finish the Master’s task, so he began to overcome his fears. When he came up to his first contact to tell them about his cowardice, it seemed to him that he would die from fear. As time went on, his voice became louder and more confident with every passing day. Suddenly came a moment, 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 leaving him. After a month, the student came back to the Master, bowed to him and said:
“Thank you, Teacher. I finished your task. I’m not afraid anymore. But how did you know that this strange task will help me?”
The Master replied that “Cowardice is only a habit. By doing the things that scare us, we can destroy those stereotypes and come to the conclusion that you came to. Now you know that bravery is also a habit. If you want to make bravery a part of yourself, you need to move forward into your fears. Then the fears will go away, and bravery will take its place.
Practice BRAVERY so that it becomes your HABIT, and it becomes a part of you!