IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF ANYTHING WALK
RIGHT UP TO IT!
When you were a child and were frightened at night
by a terrible big white thing waving its arms at you, and you
walked up to it, and saw that it was only a shirt hanging on the
clothes line and flapping in the wind, your terror was gone and
And, even now, things that from a distance seem most
alarming are not very dreadful when we face them squarely
and examine them. For instance, there is a certain great man
whom you have to see. You fear you are going to be tongue
tied in his presence. But if, in your mind, you go up to him
before you meet him, and look closely, and see that after all he
is only human, and eats and drinks and is glad and mad like the
rest of us, you will go to your interview naturally and with self-assurance.
Nothing is so bad when you get to it.
“I have seen a lot of troubles in my day,” said an old
man, “and most of them never happened.”