For the better part of the last year, there seems to be a lot of fear and trepidation in this country. All you have to do is spend a few minutes on Facebook to get your fill of colorful responses to it.
The building of a wall on the Mexican border dominated the headlines last week as President Trump seeks to make good on his campaign promise. Fear of safety has been the rallying cry for those in favor, and the response against has been just as loud. As a history aficionado, I wonder what the response – had social media existed – would have sounded like in December 1941 when President Roosevelt ordered the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese-Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack. Today we look back in horror to the actions of what is a now a very celebrated president. Just like the topic of today’s wall and other issues related to entering this country have been sparked by fear of security, those decisions made by President Roosevelt and the government were fueled by the same fear.
Fear is a powerful motivator. Although fear of certain things – getting too close to a flame for fear of being burned; fear of not insuring your home or business in case it’s destroyed – cause us to take actions that benefit us; many things we fear lead us to sit on the sidelines. We have all been guilty of it at one time or another in our lives, I’m sure. The question is now, what are you still afraid of and what is it holding you back from accomplishing.
The legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away last week. For millions of women, she gave hope to taking control and betting on one’s self. The roles she played were contrary to the world’s view of a woman; and in real life she formed her own production company that spawned hundreds of popular television shows. Why is this important? Because regardless of gender, race, color of skin, or anything else, you control your own destiny. You direct each day, week, and year. The only thing stopping you from being bold is a fear of something. Identify what it is; exorcise fear from your thinking; lay your emotional and financial investment on yourself; and if you’re resilient, you may “just make it after all.” Because as some famous president who’s profile graces our dime stated nine years prior to those Pearl Harbor attacks, “the only thing we have to fear; is fear itself.”
Go be fearless.
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Quote of the Week:
“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”
I remember being a kid growing up in the 1970s. Dad was a WWII veteran having served in the Atlantic beginning in 1942. He and his contemporaries (most who served in the war) were now in their mid 50’s. D-Day was only 30 years in the past (which is about exactly the time that has passed since I graduated from high school). It was still “fresh” in the minds of several generations, and for mine, it seemed like an eternity passed. To make matters worse, we really didn’t learn about it in school…I think it was still not really considered “history.”
As I sit and ponder the gravity of the sacrifice now 70 YEARS in the past, I’m in awe. The men that scaled the beaches at Normandy (Utah, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword); the men that parachuted from the sky; the men who made the ultimate sacrifice…this is what we must always remember as generations pass. My tradition has been to watch the greatest movie of this battle – The Longest Day starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda (along with an incredible cast) – every year on this date. Due to graduation ceremony commitments, I will have to move to tomorrow. This is a stark reminder for me and as we hit a decade anniversary, it becomes even more important.
4,000 Allied men died during the invasion. 4,000. Let that sink in. The number of men who fought in this battle and are still alive is dwindling rapidly. I encourage yo to keep this memory alive by learning more about the actual battle; the decision-makers like Eisenhower and Churchill; the Commanders; and the men who changed the war at its most critical point.
Thanks to my friend Doug Petch for the reminder on his blog this morning…
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.