“I am the single mother of four absolutely beautiful little girls. They are 9, 5, 2, and 6 weeks. And things have been particularly rough since my ex left. My truck had a flat I constantly had to air up. The driver side window motor died. And I needed a new alternator belt. The truck was a mess. And we didn’t drive anywhere unless we had to. Well the other day we desperately needed to go to the store. So we loaded up and drove to the Winn Dixie about 9 blocks away. When we got out of the store it was far after dark. And POURING rain. I loaded my kids and groceries into the truck. Tried to crank it…… Nothing. No click. Nothing. One of my girls had accidentally left a light on. My battery was dead. My phone was also disconnected. I have no family to speak of and was on my own. I got out and opened my hood to be sure my battery hadn’t come loose. Nope. I must have asked more than twenty people in the course of two hours for a jump. They all ignored me. Not even a no. Just acted like i didn’t exist. My 5 Year old was melting down. My newborn SCREAMING, my two year old crying she was hungry, and my oldest desperately trying to help. I was bawling and felt like the worst Mom ever. Then I got a knock on the passenger window. An older gentleman (he was 74) with a cane and a bad limp was on the other side of that knock. I opened the door. He handed me a plate of chicken strips and biscuits from the deli and bottles of water. ‘Feed those babies and yourself young lady. I have a tow truck on the way and my wife will be here shortly to take y’all home. ‘Sure enough she arrived followed by the tow truck. Us and our truck were taken home. The next morning the gentleman returned to my house with a mechanic who replaced my battery and alternator and fixed my window. The elderly gentleman then left and did not return. When I asked what I owed the mechanic and if I could make payments he smiled telling me the older man had paid for all of it. He said that the only payment the older man wanted was for me to never give up and keep being an amazing mom. I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Things had been absolutely awful. More so than I care to explain. And without knowing us or our situation this kind man helped us in ways he will never know. What he did revived my faith when I was falling apart. But he wouldn’t even take a hug. I’ll never be able to thank him. But I certainly hope one day I can do what he did for me for someone else.”
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“Whenever encountering a troublesome person, do not identify him as being cruel or stupid or rude or anything else like that. Instead, see him as a frightened person.” ~ Vernon Howard
We all know people who are habitually rude, obnoxious, or just plain jerks. Why they behave that way is usually based in some form of fear. Fear of being found out, fear of the unknown, or fear of being hurt (this one has many forms).
Yoda …may have been a fictional character but he taught a wise truth when he said… “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate…and hate leads to the Dark Side!”
The opposite of fear if faith… or a belief and a hope that things can get better, things can work out, that we can do it, or that others will and do want to help us succeed. Nurturing faith and hope through the creation of vision in others is one of the greatest challenges of leadership. But, hey… I know you can do it!! ~ Kirk
Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile… initially scared me to death. –Betty Bender
I don’t know about “scared to death” but the truth for me is… that I was scared before my first real ‘industry related speech’ and I was scared about leaving the security of a corporate entity and trying to provide for my then young family on my own. I was scared about everything I didn’t know about publishing a book …and I was scared about the cost of putting together my first book just to get it ready for the printer. Then… the printing costs were scary . I mean what if no one really wanted to buy a book about Poop and Initiative?
I can make a list of the most worthwhile things in my life… and trace almost all of them back to a moment of uncertainty or fear. While, ’scared to death’ sounds a bit dramatic…. it is reflective of a reality. Fear of the new and unknown is natural… overcoming it is needful. I’ve been taught that “faith is the moving cause of all action” and that “fear robs faith”. So if we let fear paralyze us, and stop us from going it will also stop us from growing. We’ll just stay stuck in the muck scared to make a move and take a risk.
But if we will face our fears… with faith, courage, determination and some degree of preparation and planning… AND THEN we act… we move, we begin to work towards our goal…we grow more and become more…and are scared less and less. As our faith, confidence and courage grow, there is less and less room for our fears and doubts.
Soon, almost before we know it …our fears have fled and we’ve done that scary thing. We got married, quit the job or applied for a new one, write the book, called someone to apologize and begin again… we’ve chosen to Act Courageously and so we’ve become more courageous. Or as my Rebecca says to our kids…..
Act the way you want to be and soon you’ll become the way you act. ~ Rebecca Weisler
Reminds me of that line from the movie “WE Bought a Zoo” – “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”
We are prepared for take off into the new year.
Please make sure that your attitude and blessings are secure and locked in an upright position.
All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time.
Should we lose altitude under pressure during our flight, reach up an pull down a prayer, prayers will be automatically activated by faith.
Once your faith is fully activated you can assist other passengers.
There will be no baggage allowed on this flight. The captain has cleared us for take off.
Enjoy your flight.
(post from Debra Coleman via Adena Reed)