Don't be afraid...

"Here is the world.  Beautiful and terrible things will happen.  Don't be afraid."  Frederick Buechner

I'm in the midst of planning for next year.  Working on lesson plans for classes, scheduling, and thinking through acting goals for the coming year.

My mind runs over the good and the hard the year has held.  And I dream about this coming year.

I find in the reflection that there is a lot of fear in my own life and in the lives of artists around me.  Fear of failure. Fear about paying bills.  Fear about creating bad work.  Fear of rejection.  Fear of not making it.  

Which makes me deeply thankful for the people who lend me courage.  Who stick with me even in my fears.  

I hope that this coming year, through the ups and downs it will hold, that I will not grow tired of fighting fear. That I will celebrate those who fight fear in the dark corners of our world.  That I can allow others to help me when the fear is too large in my own life.   

I hope that in the coming year we have the courage to tread light into the world.  And the perseverance to fight back the dark and the fear for one another.  

I leave you with a piece by Shane Koyczan about those who fight the monsters in our lives.