Fear. Desire. Choose.

Every once in a while, the universe perfectly aligns where you are, with what you need.

Here’s but one current example.

I stumbled across the Salon.com article about MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and his personal journey through a professional life hampered by negativity (doubts, fears) to one focused on accentuating the positive (working with the talent and tools he has.)

Jamie Moyer (Credit: AP/Gail Burton/Salon)

Can an old, slow dude win in the majors? Yep, 269 games worth.


I love this part:

“Harvey gave me the confidence to say here’s what I am. This is the pitcher I am. Like it or leave it. I had been afraid to pitch inside. My stuff is going to be short. If you are going to compare my stuff to my teammates’ or to the league, it’s probably going to be short. But the heart, the desire, the passion, the work ethic, the focus — hopefully that matches or surpasses anyone in the league.” – Jamie Moyer, Just Tell Me I Can’t


The whole article is definitely worth a read, as is the book that inspired it:

Jamie Moyer's memoir <em>Just Tell Me I Can't</em>
Buy it here.

Geek/Jock Mixed Metaphor Alert:
this post moves from the world of sports to the universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

You have been warned.

So how does the story of one pitcher’s quest relate to the book that launched a movie considered so bad that the director took his name off it? It alls boils down to a single phrase (repeated copiously in both book and film):

“Fear is the mind-killer.”


But fear doesn’t stop with the mind. It’s also the slayer of passion, initiative, confidence, and drive. So what exactly does it get you? Nothing. I’m all with the Bene Gesserit sisterhood on that.

Fear IS the mind-killer. And you don’t have to be the Kwisatz Haderach to understand that.

– dp

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