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How I Found Freedom from Fear

When he came swinging gracefully onto the stage, while the high school orchestra was scraping through The Blue Danube, my despair reached its climax. But my English teacher nodded imperatively at me, so I smiled deliriously at our speaker and tried to give a pantomime impression that all was well.
I'm supposed to talk wittily to you," I gulped in a breathless croak, "but. .. but ... I haven't a thing to say. I'm scared to death."
"I'm scared, too," he said. "I've got a speech written down, but I don't think it's much good, and besides-"
"But you don't have to be afraid," I said in amazement.
He looked at me carefully, not as a man looking at a child but as one human being measuring another to see where help might be given.
"Neither do you," he said. "I'll tell you a secret; then you'll never need to be scared again. Everyone on earth is shy, self-conscious and unsure of himself. Everybody's timid about meeting strangers. So if you'll just spend the first minute you're in the presence of a stranger trying to help him feel comfortable, you'll never suffer from selfconsciousness again. Try it."
In his handsome face I saw a kindness that made me suddenly aware of what a fine thing a man with sympathy and insight in his soul can be.
"I will try it," I said, very loudly, from the bottom of my heart.
Then suddenly, to my horror, I realized that The Blue Danube had come to its end, and that my voice had blazed out like a bullet in the silence. Our principal, a stern narrow-faced little man, was staring at me, and all my classmates were gazing openmouthed. It was a moment which easily could have toppled into neighborhood disgrace.
But the man beside me laughed with assurance, and reached out and patted my shoulder in such a friendly way that everyone in the hall felt good, and pleased, and friendly. In spite of myself, I had done exactly what my English teacher had said I must do -I had talked pleasantly with our honored guest, so that everyone would feel at ease.

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