Fear is like a flu virus

Fear is like a flu virus. It is everywhere and is always seeking opportunities to invade us. When one is vulnerable, fear enters and plants itself deeply into our hearts. It feeds on other emotions, such as loneliness and neediness, and multiplies at a fast pace. Unless the flu gets treated properly, the person acts as a carrier of the virus and spreads it to others. Unlike a flu virus, however, there is a formula to treat fear: the words “Thank you.”  Fear, anxiety, and appreciation cannot coexist at the same time, so if one is always content with life and well connected emotionally with others, then he or she will never be invaded by fear.

Bray Attwood, Janet; Honda, Ken. Maro Up: The Secret to Success Begins with Arigato: Wisdom from the “Warren Buffet of Japan” (p. 29).