According to, March 9th is PANIC DAY! I’m not quite sure why we’re supposed to panic tomorrow — for many poor souls, it would be nothing more than business as usual — and for the rest of us, isn’t such a day just looking for trouble? Or should we view it as an opportunity to squeeze all our panic into one day so we can live the rest of the year as carefree as a carbuncle (which may not live carefree, but it sounds funny).

Frankly, I’m not buying it — I think a DON’T PANIC DAY would not only be more productive, but would encourage more courage in the face of discourage(ment).  Allow me to demonstrate: I refuse to panic at the thought of writer’s block or over-working my brain, by bravely turning the rest of this post over to the thoughts of others on such matters.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  –Coco Chanel

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  –Mark Twain

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.  –Erich Fromm

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.  —Maya Angelou

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
–Maya Angelou

We’ve begun to raise our daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.  —Gloria Steinem

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone admires the courage of the lion tamer in a cage with half-a-dozen lions — everyone but a school bus driver.  –Evan Esar

I never thought much of the courage of the lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.  –George Bernard Shaw

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
General George Patton


2 comments on “DON’T PANIC

  1. Don Frankel says:

    Muse I refuse to panic. Am I brave? Not really I’m just too old and too tired. Panic like youth or uthe is wasted on the young.


  2. mistermuse says:

    I’m with you, Don (my carbuncle ain’t sayin’, but who cares – it’s a pain in the butt).


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