FAC­ING YOUR FEARS

IF YOU SWOOP UPON THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO STARE IT IN THE FACE, YOU’RE SURE TO BEAT IT – WELL, FAIRLY SURE, MAYBE

NewsMail - - STUFF - ON A LIGHTER NOTE WORDS: GREG BRAY More at greg­bray­writer.word­press.com

Folks, on a scale of one to ten of things to be ter­ri­fied about, a mag­pie at­tack is near the bot­tom of my list, way, way be­low los­ing my phone or run­ning out of booze halfway through a bar­be­cue.

But for a lit­tle girl in our neigh­bour­hood, be­ing hit about the head by a squawk­ing mag­pie is right at the top of her Fraidy Cat list.

Long Suf­fer­ing Wife and I wit­nessed the drama un­fold­ing on a re­cent stroll one af­ter­noon. Turn­ing into Mag­pie Al­ley, we saw two kids on new bi­cy­cles en­joy­ing their first ride.

Sadly, the mag­pie, who has been work­ing ev­ery pedes­trian over like an obsessed loan shark for the past month, saw them first.

He hit them from be­hind with the pre­ci­sion of a fly­ing sur­geon and the lit­tle girl dropped her bike and ran shriek­ing home­wards as the mag­pie con­tin­ued to bean her hel­met.

The last thing any young father wants to see is an over­weight, red-faced man chasing his scream­ing daugh­ter up the street. But once he re­alised I was ac­tu­ally try­ing to help her, he put down the tyre iron and raced out to pro­tect her.

“Turn and face it!” he yelled. Ex­cel­lent ad­vice to be sure, but it fell on deaf ears.

Long story short, she dashed into the house, the mag­pie did a vic­tory lap and we went our sep­a­rate ways. I haven’t seen the kids since. I’m guess­ing they won’t be play­ing out­side for a while.

Turn and face it. We all have some­thing we’re afraid of, some pho­bia or anx­i­ety.

Sooner or later we’ll have to face that fear and, like a mag­pie, it will stop ha­rass­ing us and go away.

For those of you in­ter­ested in such things, the things I’m most scared of are listed in the fol­low­ing order: shark, croc, clown, griz­zly bear at­tack, be­ing alone in a room with a ven­tril­o­quist’s dummy and a let­ter from the tax­man ques­tion­ing some mi­nor dis­crep­an­cies on my re­turn.

For­tu­nately, I haven’t let these very real fears stop me from liv­ing a full and vi­brant life; mostly.

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