A Lions Supper
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 collective lion pride have come up with a solution for catching their supper.
Their tactics are remarkably simple really. 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 then head off in the direction that the lions have chosen, 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 here. 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 back into the mouths of the chasing young lions. Job done and time for supper!
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 can often harbor false fears in us. Running will often mean we remain stuck and unhappy for a long time or worse, face real danger. Until we face and move through our fears then life can sometimes remain on hold for us – nothing changes so fear, anxiety and unhappiness remain stuck into our routine, our ‘psyche’. So, today, face the fears and discover they were not as bad as you thought.