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Wise words from a graffiti can

29/05/2016

A few weeks ago, I went for a walk during lunch break as I often like to get some fresh air and let my thoughts settle before getting back to work. That’s when I came across this graffiti on a random Berlin wall:

Fear makes the wolf look bigger.

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This got me thinking: How true. Any fear we don’t face actually gets magnified. Wouldn’t it be much more helpful to just get things over and done with so that we can move on?

Whether it’s that important word you need to have with someone or that exam you need to prepare for ― tackling it sooner rather than later will cause you instant relief.

I had been procrastinating getting my taxes declaration done for the last weeks (months). When I finally sat down to take care of the issue, I noticed that it wasn’t such a big deal after all. The constant thoughts in the back of my head that kept reminding me that I still needed to do it were actually much more disturbing than the task itself.

Oh well. We all fear certain things. I think it’s mostly fear of the unknown. Our thoughts tend to persuade us that this thing or the other will be unpleasant when it actually won’t necessarily be the case.

Ever since I came across that graffiti, I’ve tried to pay attention to situations in which I have been magnifying or even procrastinating issues out of fear. Thinking of this wolf-imagery has helped me to stop the thoughts and fears from building up in my head and to take action instead.

I’ve come across another matching quote by Mahatma Ghandi recently:  “If you dare, your courage grows. If you hesitate, your fear grows.”

What are your thoughts on this? Is there any wolf you’ve been trying to avoid recently? How are you dealing with the situation?

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