Friday, August 31, 2012

Quote of the Day:  I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. - Nelson Mandela

Back in the seventies, when I was writing in Hollywood, I was ghost-writing the autobiography of the then heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Weaver.  I explained to my four-year-old that Mike was coming over and told him why he was important.  John thought for a minute and then said, "I'm gonna hide over the dryer.  Where are you gonna hide?"  We laughed at the time, but all too often we run from fear when there is nothing to run from.  We fear the unknown, the strange sound, being outside of our comfort zone--but as Mr. Mandela says, we need to triumph over that.  There is no reason to fear a rattlesnake, but if you don't respect what it can do, you can be seriously hurt.  We need to learn to respect that which can hurt us and avoid it, if possible.  We are concerned about Lusi having a healthy birth, but we are not afraid.  Knowing what can happen, we give her taxi money and set her up with a doctor at DDH.  She has promised to call us from the hospital when she gets there, but I think she may have other things on her mind then.  The message here is learn what needs to be respected and conquer your fears of the things that may bring you pain and distress.  Bad things will come, but to fear their arrival is to give them much more power than they deserve.  Trust God.  Doesn't it say that on American money, "In God We Trust"?  Maybe we should.
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