Love is the Only Antidote to Fear – John O’Donohue

When I was a child my father used to sing a song that puzzled me:worried man

“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. It takes a worried man to wing a worried song. It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. I’m worried now, but I won’t be worried long.”  listen here

I can still remember my young self wondering why this worried man won’t be worried for long. Now that my age often lets me know that there are fewer years ahead of me than there are behind me, I know full well that it is death that will end this worried man’s worries. I also know that it is the knowledge of our impending death that gives birth to our fear. Speaking at the Greenbelt Festival in 2004, John O’Donohue explores with wit, charm and wisdom the reality that we are all going to die and points to love as the powerful antidote to the fear that this realty inspires. O’Donohue insists that we all must sort out our fear of death in order to live fully!

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4 thoughts on “Love is the Only Antidote to Fear – John O’Donohue

  1. Hello, do you still have the audio of O’donohue’s talk at Greenbelt festival in 2004? I am writing my dissertation on John and I would like to have access to it. thanks and best regards! Jessica

  2. Can you please help me🙏Ive been looking for this talk everywhere after it was removed from YouTube. Do you know where I can find it?

    • Unfortunately, this is an old post. Since I posted this, O’Donohue’s work has been purchased by publishers. As far as I know the only place you can find O’Donohue’s recordings is by purchasing them. I have done so from However, copyright prohibits further postings.

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