The African bush is a wonderful place, but also a place of danger as animals go about their daily business of staying alive by eating the bush and one another!
An ingenious group of animals are the lions, who know that teamwork among the pride will produce results. Even though they are a fast moving cat, they are not as fast as the gazelle, which they adore to eat! The gazelle, unless completely surprised will always outrun a lion, no matter how fast the lion moves. So the lion pride have come up with a solution to catching their supper.
A group of young lions approach the gazelle and get them moving in a general direction that the lions want them to go. The gazelles easily outrun the lions but head off in the direction the lions have chosen, which towards a deep grassy area where a group of older lions are hiding.
The older lions are too old and tired to be part of the chase; many are missing teeth, and would never be able to catch their own meat. But they have a job to do. When the gazelles are driven to within close range of the older lions, they jump up and ROAR loudly.
Immediately, the gazelles, responding to their perceived fear of imminent death, turn and run in the opposite direction, right into the mouths of the young lions.
The Moral of the Story:
Running from your fears and not facing them can often lead you into real danger and worse outcomes. In day-to-day life, the lions lying in wait may not be life threatening, but they are often false fears. Running away may mean we remain stuck and unhappy for a long time or until we face and move through our fear.