Absence of Fear

I was walking in the streets of Johannesburg a few years ago, alone, and I was in a hurry to get somewhere. A man jumped out of an alleyway, with a knife and wanted to rob me. Now this is quite bizarre: I was in such a rush, and had my attention so focussed on a project that I was busy with, that I didn't register anything other than his presence. So, I said very firmly and courteously to him : "I'm sorry, but I just don't have time for this now. I'm in a hurry."

And carried on walking. He just stood there, dumbfounded, and in fact it was only when I turned the corner that I realised that the man had wanted to ROB me. I laughed! But I realised that my total absence of fear, and total unwillingness to to give any seriousness to the situation, undid it.

Kim Baker