August 11, 2005

Litany against fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

© 1965 and 1984 Frank Herbert


At 4:50 AM, Blogger BipolarPrincess said...

I needed to hear that about now.


At 10:04 AM, Blogger *Natalia* said...

that was good. and usually true. it's just not worth it.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Schuyler said...

One of my favorite books. Another poem I like a lot when things aren't going exactly my way is "Ball of Gold in the Sky" by Stephen Crane:

A man saw a ball of gold in the sky;
He climbed for it,
And eventually he achieved it --
It was clay.
Now this is the strange part:
When the man went to the earth
And looked again,
Lo, there was the ball of gold.
Now this is the strange part:
It was a ball of gold.
Aye, by the heavens, it was a ball of gold

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Maggi-nifica said...

I get on my bike, I fear
I go for a hike, I fear
I walk up to the 6th floor, I fear
I walk into a smoke filled room, I fear
I go for an X-ray, I fear

can I keep the attack small
can I control this
can I breathe
will I breathe
can I make it home
how much more damage this time

Fear is the cruel joke that elicits no laughter but you sometimes you have to laugh in its face to get through it.

If not, we'd be trapped, in little hypo-allergenic rubber coated rooms, wearing hospital gowns and paper slippers, behind germ free saferoom doors, under nondust-antibacterial matress covered beds, dreaming of not being afraid

At 7:42 PM, Blogger drunkbh said...

I have two fears. The first is heights. That fear I have faced head on.

The second is spiders. I will NEVER face that willingly.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Neonalune said...

I just blogged about how I am afraid to go back to work after a 4 year hiatus. This post helped remind me of how I've faced fear in the past. Thanks.

At 10:30 PM, Blogger ERL said...

that was beautiful. it's too bad the spammer had to come in an spam in the comments.

At 12:54 AM, Blogger drunkbh said...

You're more than welcome to use my idea to get rid of the spammers.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Frank said...

Gotta love the Dune!


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