We know Rosa Parks as the woman who refused to move to the back of the bus and sit in the ‘colored’ section. In interviews about why she did it, she shared one simple fact, her feet hurt and she didn’t have the energy to move. She fully understood the ramifications of her actions, and had thought about not moving on other days. The day she sat still was the day her feet were killing her too much to move. She knew that one day someone had to stop the silliness and she knew what needed to be done.
Fear has the ability to leave us paralyzed, full of anxiety and unable to make any kind of rational or logical decision. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, even fear of being successful can prevent us from doing what needs to be done. It is amazing the power fear has to prevent us from doing way to many things in life.
Knowing is half the battle (which is the tag line for G.I Joe!). When we know what comes next somehow, like Rosa Parks says, fear is alleviated and determination takes over. Once we decide a thing is going to happen fear moves to the back of the bus and our other emotions, actions, and thoughts take over. The hard part is making up your mind and KNOWING that the time has come to do what must be done.
Never under estimate how what you do will impact others. Your actions may cause others to move forward, make a decision for their own life, or help ignite the fires of change across a country. It simply means it is time to make up your mind and do the work. Leave the rest to the future and know that moving forward can change the world, just like staying seated on a bus can change a nation.
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