Posted on 18 January 2008 by chan
I once asked my Martial arts instructor, Sifu Nino Pilla, how can I overcome fear?
As his quietly calm words flowed from his experience and wisdom, little did either of us know how much I would use this advice in all aspects of my life’s challenges.
Imagine that you have grown a garden. It is a beautiful garden that has taken much time and care to grow and create. The colours of the flowers are vibrant and flourishing, the grass is green and the garden is lush. Then one day a weed begins to grow. Even though it is a little weed, it must be given the necessary attention and be taken out.
It is only when you do not maintain your garden that the weeds begin to take over. No matter what you do to your garden, you will never be able to rid the weeds once and forever. But if you work on that garden everyday, it will come to the point where it feels seemingly effortless to maintain.
It is when you give the weeds too much power, by making them sound bigger than they really are, or giving them water, fueling them, that is when you will begin to really have problems.
So, do not give your fears power, do not fuel them. All of your bad habits are just weeds, weeds that just need a little maintenance.