I saw an excellent short story on Mr. Coelho's Blog today, so I thought I post it on my blog.
The Mouse and the Books
Published by Paulo Coelho on May 27, 2009 in Stories.
When I was interned in Dr. Eiras Hospital, I began to have panic crises. One day, I decided to consult the psychiatrist in charge of my case:
“Doctor, I am overcome by fear; it takes from me the joy of living”.
“Here in my office there is a mouse that eats my books”, said the doctor. “If I get desperate about this mouse, he will hide from me and I will do nothing else in life but hunt him. Therefore, I put the most important books in a safe place and let him gnaw some others.
“In this way, he is still a mouse and does not become a monster. Be afraid of some things and concentrate all your fear on them – so that you have courage in the rest.”