Once upon a time, in a small village in the Orient, there lived a great warrior named Akira.
Akira was a brave warrior, feared by many and respected by all. One day, an ancient prophecy foretold that a powerful dragon would come down from the mountains and destroy the entire village during the next harvest season. Thus the village council decided to send Akira on a mission to slay the dragon and save their village.
The journey up the mountain was treacherous. Akira faced steep cliffs, biting winds, and freezing rain. The air seemed already thick with the smell of smoke from the dragon's lair even before he got to the foot of the mountain. Akira was nervous, but he steeled his resolve and continued on, determined to save his village.
Taking his first step onto the mountain, he felt the ground beneath him shake. He looked up to see an avalanche tumbling down the mountain, but he quickly dodged out of the way. The wind howled around him, and he could feel the icy chill creeping into his bones. As he climbed higher, the weather grew worse. The rain turned to sleet, and the sleet turned to snow.
Finally, he arrived at the dragon's lair. The smoke billowed out, and he could feel the heat emanating from within. The stench of sulfur filled his nostrils, and his heart pounded furiously within his chest.
Akira stepped forward, feeling a mix of fear and excitement. The smell of smoke was thick in the air, and he could feel the heat from the dragon's breath on his face. He gripped his spear tightly, ready for the battle ahead.
As he entered the dragon's lair, Akira was struck by the sheer size and beauty of the beast. Its scales shimmered, and its eyes gleamed with malice. The dragon spoke to him, taunting him with its power and strength. Akira was frozen in fear but he knew that he had been sent on a mission, and he was determined to complete it.
The dragon was massive, at least one hundred times Akira's size. Its eyes were fierce and full of malice as it spoke to him, "Why have you come to my domain, little warrior? Do you not fear me?"
Akira stood his ground, "I fear no beast. I have come to slay you and save my village from your wrath."
The dragon laughed, "You are foolish to think you can defeat me. The prophecy must come to pass. I am the most powerful creature in these mountains. You are nothing but a mere mortal."
Akira narrowed his eyes, "I may be mortal, but I am a warrior. And I have a mission to fulfill."
And with that, almost suddenly the two engaged in a fierce battle, with Akira wielding his spear with skill and precision. But the dragon was powerful, and it almost fatally wounded him with its fiery breath. It breathed a stream of fire at Akira, one he was fortunate enough to dodge with ease.
Akira then lunged forward with his spear, aiming for the dragon's heart. The dragon swiped at him with its massive claws, but Akira was too quick for that too. He ducked and rolled, just narrowly avoiding the blow.
The battle raged on, with the dragon unleashing streams of fire and Akira dodging and striking back with his spear. The ground shook with each blow, and the air was thick with the smell of smoke and the sound of clashing metal against the dragon's massive scales.
Just as Akira thought he had the upper hand, the dragon let out a final roar and unleashed a massive stream of fire. Akira stumbled backward, tripping on a rock and falling to the ground. He thought it was the end, but at that moment, he felt a surge of energy from within.
With one final push, he plunged his spear deep into the dragon's heart, sending it hurtling over the edge of the mountain and into the abyss below.
As he lay there, wounded and exhausted, Akira felt a sense of relief and pride. He had finally fulfilled his mission and saved his village from the dragon's wrath. But he also knew that he had learned a valuable lesson. He had faced his fears and overcome them, and in doing so, he had become a stronger and wiser warrior.
The lesson of Akira's journey is one that we can all learn from. We too must overcome our traumas and pains by making decisions, letting go of the past, relying on Divine help, and building positive habits. Only then can we truly fulfill our destinies and achieve our goals.
The villagers represented one's mindset, and the mountain represented the future. The harvest represented plans for the future, and the dragon represented trauma. The fire from the dragon represented pain, and the smoke from its lair represented fear.
The spear represented decision making, and the rock Akira stumbled on represented Divine help. The abyss represented positive habits, and the dragon's lair represented the past.
In life, in order to overcome trauma and pain, we have to make tough decisions and let go of the past. We also have to rely on a support system bigger than ourselves, we have to rely on Divine help. And finally, on our road to managing past trauma we must be open to banishing negative coping mechanisms or addictions by replacing them with positive habits, crucial to achieving our goals.
In doing so, we save our inner selves and move one step closer to fulfilling our destiny.
About the Writer
Jan Okonji is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and Founder of the Pan-African accelerator BGS – Business Growth Solutions.
He is passionate about helping employees transition safely into entrepreneurship whilst turning their great ideas into profitable businesses and has helped entrepreneurs collectively grow their revenue to over $ 10 Million in the course of running BGS.