A Writer’s Book of Days – 3 June 2016

“He refuses all fear” (after Pierre Reverdy)
He refuses all fear who acts in the face of his former self. Unhindered and unencumbered by past failures and expectations.

He refuses all fear who does not let what is easy become what is good. Speaking when others say, “Be silent.” Acting when others say, “Stay still.”

He refuses all fear who replaces convention with innovation. Ignoring precedent and assumption.

He refuses all fear when asked, “What will you do?” And replies, with full confidence, “I do not know.” For it is only in freedom that he finds opportunity.

He refuses all fear, not by ignoring costs, but by taking risks even in the face of them.

He refuses all fear by not being bound to the past perception of himself. Forgetting past mistakes, once their lessons have been learned.

He refuses all fear by always asking questions, even when others are content with the answers.

He refuses all fear who is never content with others’ answers.

He refuses all fear every day he acts on behalf of his future self, instead of his present ease.

He refuses all fear when he recognizes today was not as good as it could have been. He refuses all fear when he realizes tomorrow will not be as good as he hopes. He refuses all fear when he accepts that this is always how it will be.

He refuses all fear when he acts, even though he doesn’t know all the lines.

He refuses all fear when he writes, even though he doesn’t know the story.

He refuses all fear when he speaks, even though he doesn’t yet know what he will say.

He refuses all fear when he paints, even though he can’t draw a straight line.

He refuses all fear when he sings, even though he doesn’t know the tune.

He refuses all fear.

He refuses all fear.

He refuses all fear.

He refuses all fear, all of the time.

Because he is afraid, all of the time.

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