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Everyone is scared of something. Children are afraid of the dark. Teenagers are afraid of acceptance and peer pressure. College students are afraid of the massive job force that awaits them and where they fit into it. Adults are afraid of so many things…failure, commitment, love, and even success. The funny thing is adults are the least likely to admit their fears. Fear is a catch 22 emotion. It can hinder your progression and propel you forward all at the same time. The question is which direction will you allow fear to sway you?
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to hear actor/author Hill Harper speak at a company event for my job. I didn’t expect much, but his speech was a pleasant surprise. The premise of his topic was fear and how we allow it to hold us back. One of his quotes that he stated has still stuck with me. He didn’t coin this phrase, but it was very profound nonetheless (and it was my first time hearing it). “Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real”. Basically, what this means is that fear is nothing more than an illusion. We get so worked up behind the illusion, that we lose sight of the reality. Because of fear, we believe that we will fail. We will lose. We will die. We will be defeated. We will be left all alone. We will not succeed. And yes, all of these things are possible and can happen…if we think ourselves into that negative space. But what about the flip side of fear that says we are victorious? We are loved. We are winners. We are blessed. We are worthy.
Failure is not the worst thing that can happen to us. It can actually be the beginning of something beautiful. So what if you fail? You learn, get up, try again or try something new if that doesn’t work. We should never let fear hold us back, only push us forward. Is this easier said than done? YES! In case you’re wondering how I came up with this blog, it’s because I have had some fearful thoughts recently in regards to releasing my 2nd book and starting school again in the Spring of next year. But one things is for sure, if we let fear stop us from turning on the engine to drive to our dreams, we’re sure to never get anywhere. Turn on the reality of something great and turn off the F.E.A.R.!
What are you fearful of and how do you overcome it?
“I like PBS … I love Big Bird,” he said, “but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” If you got a chance to catch last week’s presidential debate, then you more than likely heard Mitt Romney state the quote above.. It was one of the most awkward moments of the debate. Not to mention that the debate moderator, Jim Lehrer, works for PBS. Can you imagine the screams of kids around the country when they heard this news? 8-year-old Cecelia Crawford actually wrote a letter to the Romney campaigned and pleaded for her “favorite show on earth” to not get cancelled. What did Big Bird have to say about it? Last Thursday, he tweeted, “My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?” But Big Bird did join Seth Meyers on this weekend’s SNL parody news report. Apparently, Big Bird has been mentioned for a while in Romney’s campaign though. In New Hampshire, he stated, “I’m not going to make Big Bird go away, but there’s going to be advertising on PBS if I’m president” in a less threatening tone in December of 2011. SMH…who knew Big Bird would be such a focal point of political debate???
PBS was not the only one biting its finger nails (or bird claws) and updating their resumes last week though. New Orleans assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell, should have found a better hiding place for his marijuana. He was talking to a police officer when his joint fell out of his pocket while he was in court. WTH?! Not that I’m condoning the use of drugs at all, but it seems like he would have been much smarter than this. Needless to say, the police officer didn’t have to work hard to crack this case. 43-year-old Cantrell immediately resigned from his position and was released under minor marijuana offences. To make matters worse, his wife, LaToya Cantrell, is showing no sympathy. She was quoted as saying, “I absolutely do not condone his actions….I hope this incident will encourage Jason to seek professional help.” Mrs. Cantrell, who is running for New Orleans City Council is not letting this tarnish her campaign. But can you really blame her?
What do you think about it all? Should Romney cut federal funding to PBS, if elected as the next President? Does it even matter? Was Jason Cantrell just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Could his wife have been more supportive?
***In case you missed it last Saturday, check out the Big Bird parody on SNL below***