The young buffalo- A story about facing your fears

One day, on the plains of Africa, a young buffalo named Walter approached his dad and asked him if there was anything that he should be afraid of.

“Only lions my son,” his dad responded.

“Oh yes, I’ve heard about lions.  If I ever see one, I’ll turn and run as fast as I can,” said Walter.

“No, that’s the worst thing you can do,” said the large male.

“Why?  They are scary and will try to kill me.”

The dad smiled and explained, “Walter, if you run away, the lions will chase you and catch you.  And when they do, they will jump on your unprotected back and bring you down.”

“So what should I do?” asked Walter.

“If you ever see a lion, stand your ground to show him that you’re not afraid.  If he doesn’t move away, show him your sharp horns and stomp the ground with your hooves.  If that doesn’t work, move slowly towards him.  If that doesn’t work, charge him and hit him with everything you’ve got!”

“That’s crazy, I’ll be too scared to do that.  What if he attacks me back?” said the startled young buffalo.

“Look around, Walter.  What do you see?”

Walter looked around at the rest of his herd.  There were about 200 massive beasts all armed with sharp horns and huge shoulders.

“If ever you’re afraid, know that we are here.  If you panic and run from your fears, we can’t save you, but if you charge towards them, we’ll be right behind you.”

The young buffalo breathed deeply and nodded.

“Thanks dad, I think I understand.”

We all have lions in our lives.

There are parts of life that worry us and make us want to run, but if we do, it will still be there taking over our lives and stopping us from our own full potential.  Our thoughts will become controlled by the things that we are fear and our actions will become fearful and guarded, not permitting us to become the best version of ourselves (whatever that means to you).

Ask yourself:

  • What fears are you facing at the moment?
  • Ask the fear what it’s trying to protect you from. For each answer you get, dig deeper:
  • Is this true?
  • Do I need to take care of it right now?
  • Am I making any assumptions?
  • What are the facts?
  • What’s something I can do about this right now?
  • What’s the next step?
  • Who can help me with this?
  • What’s the worst that can happen?
  • Then what?
  • And then what?
  • What’s the best thing that can happen?


Remember – you are a courageous, resourceful, resilient and complete person. No matter what happens, you WILL be fine. The human spirit is extremely adaptable and strong.


So face your fears.