Timmy and Jimmy both 9 years old loved playing the piano since they were very young. They both practiced hard and were getting better and better with each week passing. One day, their teacher had some exciting news. There was a concert coming up and they both had the opportunity to play in public for the first time. Timmy and Jimmy looked wide-eyed at each other with a mix of excitement and trepidation as they realized the opportunity they were presented with.
“What would it be like?” they wondered. In the weeks leading up to the performance, they practiced harder and perfected their pieces. Then the big day arrived. As they sat in the audience waiting for their name to be called, they were both extremely anxious thinking “What if I make a mistake in front of all of these people? What if I embarrass myself? What if everyone else is better than me?”
Then Timmy’s name was announced. His mother looked at him with anticipation, but Timmy just sank lower and lower in his seat. “Come on Timmy, it’s your turn,” she said encouragingly. But he shook his head and refused to go up. The mother looked up at the stage and shrugged her shoulders at the teacher. The teacher announced that Timmy wouldn’t be playing today.
Then the teacher moved to the next name on the list, “Jimmy will now play for us.” Jimmy was terrified. “Come on Jimmy, it’s your turn,” his dad said. With a deep sigh, Jimmy slowly made his way up to the piano on the stage. His legs and fingers were shaking. As he was playing he made a few uncharacteristic mistakes. At the end he wanted to jump off the stage so quickly he almost forgot to bow. But he did it, he played the piano in front of an audience.
Timmy and Jimmy kept going to piano lessons and kept practicing hard. They were both improving at about the same rate and the teacher was pleased with their progress.
Then after a few months, the teacher made another announcement, that there would be another concert. Again, Timmy and Jimmy looked at each other with fear. When the time to perform came around again, Timmy could not be dislodged from his seat in the audience, on the other hand Jimmy walked up on the stage with slightly more confidence than the first time.
Lessons from this story:
- As we can see from the story, how we face our fears determines what kind and how many opportunities we will get in life.
- If you do not let fear cripple you, you can in time and with repetition master that which you most fear to do.
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