My son plays baseball.
He was hit by a pitch.
The next at bat and for games thereafter he would step out of the batters box when the pitches came in. He would not swing. He was afraid.
I looked for ways to help him conquer his fear of being hit by the ball on the internet and we tried many things, none of which worked.
Until I remembered….
I related my story of overcoming fear to him.
” when I was a child,” I said to him, ” I used to be horribly afraid sometimes because of things I had no control over.” ” I saw a Lion on a nature show. It was such a fierce beast! I decided that when I was afraid I would not be myself but pretend I was that lion!”
“What are lions afraid of?” I asked him.
“Other lions.” he replied.
“Maybe,” I said. ” But are they afraid of a baseball?”
“No way !” He said.
I told him,”You don’t have to be a lion, you could be a dragon or whatever you want. The main thing is to become something that helps you overcome your fear.”
He said, ” I will be a tiger!”
“You WILL be a tiger my son, every time you are at bat.”
And he was…
- The Lion (tomslick312.wordpress.com)