“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – G.K. Chesterton.
From time to time we may need to confront our dragons. Possibly they appear as doubts and fears. Alternatively they could masquerade as worries and preoccupations.
Whatever form they take, taming our dragons is a task only we can undertake: personal dragons, personal taming.
I prefer to use the words taming our dragons rather than ‘beating our dragons’, to borrow Chesterton’s verb, for three reasons. Firstly, I don’t wish to suggest anything should be beaten, except our performance expectations.
Secondly, our dragons as referred to here, need not be viewed just from the negative viewpoint. In the right measure doubts, fears, worries and preoccupations may balance unhealthy exuberance for an idea or keep us alert to physical danger.
Thirdly, as we carry out the process of taming our dragons we might learn much about ourselves and how such issues can be managed effectively in the future.
Taming our dragons is very much an exercise of inner exploration. Nobody knows us better than ourselves: personal dragons, personal taming, personal development.
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