Without Fear is a commonly told Zen story, I like to think that it helps you to re-evaluate what may be worrying you and let you look at things through another set of eyes.
Long ago during the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army swept into a small town and
took control. In this particular town, everyone fled for their lives just before the invading army arrived, that was everyone except the Zen master who remained in his temple.
Curious that the Zen Master had stayed and not fled like the rest of the town-folk, the general of the invading army went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this Zen master was.
When the general wasn’t treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed to by the Zen master, the general burst into anger.
“You fool,” he shouted as he reached for his sword, “don’t you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!”
But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved.
“And do you realize,” the master replied calmly, “that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?”