Courage to Go Forward

A sign on the front gate read, "Beware of Dog." And behind the gate was a very large red creature complete with barks, growls, and large teeth. Although my call on the man of the house was important—I was just out of college and was to see him about a job—I suddenly thought of a reason why this call was unnecessary. But the old-timer who had driven me to the place called to me from the car, "Go on in. He won't hurt you." So I did. And the minute I opened the gate the dog became quiet and escorted me to the house, his tail wagging.

When the interview was over, I returned to the car and said to my friend, "I am glad you knew that dog. I would never have gone in otherwise." He replied, "I never saw that dog before, but I thought if I told you that, you wouldn't be afraid, and he wouldn't bother you."

How to Communicate
February 11, 1967

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