Or, is there such a thing as a good fear?
Thank you for these reflections. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "do one thing every day that scares you." It is a path to fearlessness and, thus, to knowledge.
Henriette, I really enjoyed reading your response. And I especially liked your story about how we fear that something we loved won't strike us as powerfully if we return to it again, as in the case of the Braque painting. I feel that way about books that I read as a pre-teen, when reading became a passion: Gone with the Wind, Exodus, Rebecca, and so many more. I've resisted the urge to re-read some for this very reason. But, as you've pointed out, this is a fear that doesn't need to be overcome. I think I'd rather hold onto my memory of the "first time" when it comes to certain books. With fears that are standing in the way of us enjoying life, achieving our writing goals, etc., some of those are more important to address.