Posts tagged Fear
In a world where all the odds seem to be against you, every obstacle seems to find you, and no matter how optimistic you attempt to be, there is something that inevitably tests your will, it is great to know that those things have not and will not break you… as long as you do not allow them to. I am so THANKFUL for the failures, the setbacks, those that have gone out of their way to try to destroy my mind, body, and soul. Thank you for showing me what I am capable of, forcing me to dig deeper, and pushing me to realize that not only am I strong, but greater is He that is within me than that which is in this world!
Over the past few days, we witnessed unified strength as the African-American student athletes, backed by the student body and staff, stood for righteousness sake and united to right a wrong. I am THANKFUL that they had the courage to band together, willingness to face the repercussions and ridicule, and the conviction to peacefully protest and make a difference. Some will still question their motives and timing, but no one can deny the impact! As other universities and institutions join them in this crusade, we should all be THANKFUL seeing our future generation put a stamp on the annuls of history. It is still amazing and moving to see those with a purpose and passion for the right causes fortify and use their platforms to become catalyst of change. I applaud those that led the charge at Missouri, as well as those that supported them and did not try to dissuade them from pursuing justice. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand for your beliefs knowing all you have worked for could be swiftly taken away.
In the same vain and on the heels of Veteran’s Day, we have to salute our men and women in the armed services who valiantly fight for our freedom and risks their lives routinely to assure we maintain our civil liberties. I am especially THANKFUL for these courageous souls who stand at the forefront protecting from us all from enemies far and close. Salute to all you for your service and dedication
Face fear head on knowing that every challenge is just another test, another path along the journey, and another building block to boost your resume. Be THANKFUL for the hardships knowing that the most precious pearl had to be put extreme pressure before its beauty could be revealed. No matter how hard it may seem, how difficult it may get, how insurmountable the terrain may appear, remember three key things. 1.) Every thing we go through is working together for our good and no matter the circumstances or the situation, there is a lesson to be learned and growth to accomplish. 2.) No matter the test or the challenge, if you were not capable of handling it, you would never be presented with it. Each stepping stone is just that, an opportunity to elevate your mind and spirit and come to new realizations about who you are and what you are capable of. 3.) You are not the first person to travel this road. Many have gone before you and have weathered to storm and are the better for it. Do not let the unknown create fear or doubt, but know that you too can claim the victory as long as you continue to push forward and never give up.
Today I am extremely THANKFUL because I refused to let fear dictate my life, I fought to fulfill my purpose, and I even when I thought about giving up on my hopes and dreams, I allowed myself enough space to welcome new opportunities. I am THANKFUL because even when all looked lost, I did not stay in the abyss of despair, but instead chose to seek greatness, chase hope, and fight for a better outcome. I am THANKFUL because I know now that hardships only last for a moment, but the tools and traits we gain from them last a lifetime.
Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill
As kids we have a pure innocence that knows no boundaries and our dreams are as large and as magnanimous as our imagination can take us. As we grow older and experience life more, we become jaded and lose that virtue, become cynical, and our dreams are not as vivid as they once were. I am so THANKFUL that the world does not dictate the outcome of our dreams and if we are courageous enough to forge ahead in spite of all or any obstacles, our dreams can still come true.
I am very THANKFUL that dreams never die. They may become dormant or even forgotten, and in worse cases, given up on, but that precious dream still lies within and is just waiting to be stirred up, shaken awake, and pursued again. Life will take you on many twists and turns, derailing your thoughts, detouring your focus, and dividing your time, but is it not amazing how one glimmer of hope, one leap of faith, can redirect you and put you right on course to achieving your deepest desires and wildest dreams!
What is a real miracle is how even when you may quit on your dream, it never quit on you and when least expected, that dream that you no longer thought of, considered a possibility, or even fathom any longer has now come to fruition. THANKFUL for dreams beyond reality and greater than doubt and fear. THANKFUL for the little kid in me who still remembers that anything I believe, if I so desire and am willing to put in the work, I can achieve it!
THANKFUL that dreams are windows to our heart’s desires, our mind’s infatuations, and our soul’s purpose-filled destiny. THANKFUL that our greatest dreams somehow formulate a blueprint and road that lead to our greatest joy. Dream on my friend…
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes
THE TIME IS NOW! If there is something you have been wanting to do, if there is a thought that has been monopolizing your every waking moment, if there is a dream that has captured your subconscious, it is time to act! Tomorrow is not promised or guaranteed. The time wasted second-guessing yourself or contemplating the what-ifs could instead be used moving into your destiny and purpose.
Do not let the naysayers or doubters convince you that it is not possible or you are incapable of achieving your heart’s desire. Whatever that “it” is, it was birth in you for YOU and is not contingent on someone else’s beliefs or ideals. Embrace the dream, let it permeate your being and ingrain in every fiber of your soul, and do not let fear overtake you or diminish your goals.
It is said that FEAR is only false evidence appearing real. What is most important is how we handle that false evidence. Fear is a great springboard because it forces us out of our comfort zone, makes us confront our insecurities, and ourselves, and ignites our ability to withstand, overcome, and blossom beyond what we thought we were ever capable of handling. Fear is nothing more than another test of Fortitude, Exhortation, Attitude, and Revelation.
Today, right now, is the time to act! Do not waste another moment overthinking or underestimating. You have been ready and are more than capable. Move into your destiny, chase life’s promises, and pursue your destiny with all you have. You will be surprised how much you can accomplish by taking a single leap of faith and trusting no matter where you land, all will be well.
What we are is far from what we”ll become, but in order to become all we shall be, we have to keep striving and reaching for our dreams. Don’t let obstacles, challenges, setbacks, or people deter you from your goals. Only you can stop you and it’s at the breaking point when you truly discover what you are made of and what you are capable of. You are a prized possession with prized possessions that others would love to possess just to have a piece of the prize. In other words, what you are and what you offer is priceless and valuable all at once. It is a gift given unto you and no one else can replicate it or do as you would, so embrace all that you are and all that you will become. The dream you have can and will become your reality. All you have to do is believe in yourself and keep pushing. It is yours for the taking!
Again our country, our community, has been struck with a senseless act of violence. The people in the Boston area have been shaken and their sense of security has been forever marred and tarnished.
What started out as Patriot’s day, a holiday in Massachusetts celebrating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, quickly turned into another national tragedy. The casualties may not have been on the same level as 9/11 or the massacre in Newtown, CT., but the brashness and lack of empathy for human life by the perpetrators is no different and that impact is equally destructive. The Boston Marathon, which was supposed to be the culmination of the holiday’s festivities, turned into a media and law enforcement frenzy as everyone became glued to their televisions, computer, and phones waiting for updates and praying collectively for the nightmare to be over.
The fear caused by this heinous act is trickling throughout the country like a rock skipping across a pond causing a ripple effect. Every sporting event following the marathon has quadrupled security and taken extra measures to give the participants a safe environment. But what is more astonishing, the participants are still coming out! No one has shied away, in fact, they’ve come out stronger, in droves, exhibiting the sense of pride and resiliency this country in known for. What you meant for evil…
Let it be said again, we won’t coward in fear or run and hide! We will overcome and rise again. Yes, it’s disheartening and devastating, but it will not be debilitating! Like 9/11, Newtown, Virginia Tech, and so many others, we will rally together, support those that have been struck with grief and loss, and build anew and greater. These acts of violence will not deter or diminish our spirit of patriotism nor discourage our goals to be a better country. If anything, it creates a stronger bond, connects us on a deeper level, and fortifies the American collective of one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!
Today begins the journey of GREATNESS! What are you going to allow to stand in your way? Fatigue, Fear, Foes, Finanaces? They all lead to FAILURE! But instead embrace Fortitude, Focus, Friends, Family, and FAITH and watch how far you can go! Choose wisely.