I Wanna See You Be Brave

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FEAR is perhaps the most debilitating of emotions because in most cases it is predicated on  . . . False Evidence Appearing Real.  It is also the silent killer of dreams – for if not confronted or otherwise kept in check and overcome, your dreams may be forever elusive. And if you keep your thoughts and ideas to yourself, bottled up inside, and undertake no meaningful action, what good does that do?  So get started on the road toward bettering your situation (no matter what that may be), and simply . . . say what you wanna to say and let the words fall out, honestly . . .

I wanna see you be brave

“Brave”

(Written & Performed by Sara Bareilles)

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
See you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

Bravery

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The Time To Roar

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When is the optimal time to “roar”?

Before answering, let’s clarify what is meant by this figure of speech.  Although the images of Lions and Tigers featured in this blog post might suggest a crazy notion of making a long, loud, deep-throated guttural sound to scare the bejesus out of those near-by, that is NOT what is meant here.  Nor does it pertain to roaring with uncontrollable laughter, which advanced text messages would convey as “ROTFLMAOWPIMP” (*).

In the context of this post, “roaring” is announcing an important accomplishment or significant event to a targeted audience, for the mutual benefit of all involved — i.e., those delivering the message AND those receiving the message.  In the world of everyday commerce, this is typically carried out by business entities, and is referred to as “advertising”, “marketing”, “promotion”, etc.  However, this blog is intended to help individuals seeking happiness through realizing their own full potential — and for the record, corporations are NOT people.  Thus the “roaring” we are referring to is carefully constructed, but unabashed “self-promotion” which is indeed a slippery slope that requires Goldilocks-Precision (or “GP“) and The Midas Touch (or “TMT“).

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If you misguide or over-do your roaring, your audience will do eye-rolls, dismiss you as a braggerd and ignore your message — for as the saying goes: “self-praise is NO praise“.  And if you under-do it, the message will simply not be delivered.  So GP means doing “just the right amount” promotion in “just the right form” and targeted to “just the right people”, which is admittedly difficult to measure and discern.  So advanced research is required, with much trial and error, and a healthy dose of patience and persistence will be needed to see this through.

And since the roaring is being done by those who are the protagonist of the promotion and will serve to benefit, the only way the TMT is reached is by ensuring the targeted audience clearly understands how they stand to benefit — because your “roaring” is intended to create “buzz” that gets people to not only talk about it, but be willing to take action, from which THEY will benefit.  Now let’s get to . . .

The Answer

The best time to roar is when you have persevered in a noble quest, vexing problem or protracted issue and finally realized that Breakthrough Moment, which is one of those experiences that are difficult to articulate for the range of circumstances such a meaningful event may apply to — but you certainly know it when it happens.  And you are continuously reminded of it through its omnipresent after-effects that manifest in the form of renewed confidence, increased momentum that speeds through other obstacles and a clarified acute awareness of what remains to be done to reach your ultimate goals . . . and knowledge of precisely how to do it.

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The blockbuster Katy Perry hit “Roar” (see music video below) is replete with inspiring inculcations that speak volumes about the benefits of roaring and has no doubt instigated others to pursue their dreams of a better life by:

  • Speaking their mind — “I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath”
  • Taking a stand — “I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything
  • Rising from defeat — “You held me down, but I got up . . . brushing off the dust”
  • Having an impact — “Like thunder gonna shake the ground”
  • Awakening to reality — “I’ve had enough, I see it all, I see it now”
  • Being tenacious — “I’ve got the eye of a tiger”
  • Confronting adversity — “dancing through the fire”
  • Achieving objectives — “I earned my stripes”
  • Leading a cause — “I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar”
  • Self-actualizing — “I went from zero, to my own hero”

Roar

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

[Chorus]
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now

[Chorus]
I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’ll hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar…

Ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar, ro-oar

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’ll hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar…

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(*)  Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off While Peeing IMy Pants
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You Were Born To Fly

Born To Fly

How you think of yourself is typically how you end up — if you understand the metaphysical law of attraction, you’ll realize why this is the case.  So why not think of yourself as the truly magnificent being that you are and recognize you were destined to soar to wondrous heights?  So believe, visualize, and really emotionally feel deep in your heart, that you were . . .

Born To Fly

[Performance may be preceded by a brief advertisement.]

“Born To Fly”

(Written by Sara Evans & Performed by Danielle Bradbury)

I’ve been tellin’ my dreams to the scarecrow
‘Bout the places that I’d like to see
I said, friend do you think I’ll ever get there
Ah, but he just stands there smilin’ back at me

So I confessed my sins to the preacher
About the love I’ve been prayin’ to find
Is there a brown eyed boy in my future, yeah
He says. girl you’ve got nothin’ but time

But how do you wait for heaven
And who has that much time
And how do you keep your feet on the ground
When you know, that you were born, you were born to fly

My daddy, he’s grounded like the oak tree
My momma, she is steady as the sun
Oh you know I love my folks
But I keep starin’ down the road
Just lookin’ for my one chance to run

Yeah, ’cause I will soar away like the blackbird
I will blow in the wind like a seed
I will plant my heart in the garden of my dreams
And I will grow up where I’ll wander wild and free

But how do you wait for heaven
And who has that much time
But how do you keep your feet on the ground
When you know, that you were born
Yeah you were born
You were born to fly

But how do you wait for heaven
And who has that much time
But how do you keep your feet on the ground
When you know that you were born
You were born to fly (3x)

Born To Fly

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If Today Was Your Last Day . . .

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. . . how would you spend it?

Would you seek tranquility in accepting this inevitability?  Would you forgive others? Forgive yourself?  Would you help others in need?  Might you bring yourself to express your love for others?  Could you “live in the moment” with the time remaining?

This short two-minute speech by Steve Jobs, arguably one of the greatest innovations geniuses of our time, covers the importance of asking yourself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

This music video by Nickelback provokes additional food for thought.

[Lyrics are below and a brief advertisement may precede the performance.]

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When You Look In The Mirror

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. . . who do you see staring back at you?  Is it someone you’re proud of?  Can you look this person in the eye and say, “I have done my best in all of my pursuits”.  Is it someone who strives to be all they can be?  Is it someone who continues to enjoy their journey called “life”?  Does this person carry with them an abiding hope for a better tomorrow and an unrelenting drive to play a purposeful role in making it so?

Most importantly, do you see a person of integrity? . . . for if you don’t, then the previous answers are meaningless.

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The performance below of “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake and his band (JT and the Tennessee Kids) was powerfully delivered on SNL with a resonating message readily adaptable to a variety of situations in one’s life, and thus offering many interpretations.  For instance, it could be for a past love, a current love, a close friend, a colleague sharing the same quest, for yourself . . . or it could be interpreted religiously (e.g., to the God of one’s faith).  Irrespective, I hope this will spark healthy introspection and inspire you to make a better tomorrow for you and others you hold dear in your heart.

[Performance is preceded by brief advertisement & lyrics are presented below.]

Mirrors

Aren’t you somethin’ to admire
Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror
And I can’t help but notice
You reflect in this heart of mine
If you ever feel alone and
The glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I’m always
Parallel on the other side

Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go
Just put your hand on the glass
I’m here tryin’ to pull you through
You just gotta be strong

I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along

It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making
Two reflections into one
Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Aren’t you somethin’, an original
Cause it doesn’t seem really as simple
And I can’t help but stare, cause
I see truth somewhere in your eyes
I can’t ever change without you
You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I
Would look at us all the time

Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go
Just put your hand on the glass
I’m here tryin’ to pull you through
You just gotta be strong

I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along

It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making
Two reflections into one
Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow’s a mystery
I can see you lookin’ back at me
Keep your eyes on me
Baby, keep your eyes on me

I don’t wanna lose you now
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy
Comin’ back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along

It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making
Two reflections into one
Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me.

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First Step In Resolving ANY Problem . . .

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. . . is recognizing there is one.

Life is all about solving problems . . . from everyday banal matters (e.g., packing an umbrella for a forecasted rainy day) to life-threatening situations (e.g., submerged in a car caught up in a flash flood).  In reality, if we were never confronted with challenges nor issues that vexed us, we would soon experience spectacular boredom indeed, which would eventually yield an existence devoid of happiness.  Yeah, I know this is counter-intuitive, but hear me out.

Generally speaking, the more effective one is at solving problems, the more satisfaction and sense of self-worth that is thus derived.  And if you deductively take this a step further and pre-suppose all problems do in fact have at least one viable solution (and often many), then conceivably, a hypothesis could be that the happiest people in the world are those who have confronted the most, the biggest and the thorniest problems.  And because they chose not to give up, were able to overcome them and prevail.

But the corollary to this feeling of accomplishment is that one must recognize that a problem exists . . . a notion presented in the powerful opening scene of HBO’s “The Newsroom” (written and produced by Aaron Sorkin), the importance of which is underscored by another related corollary — to wit, problems that are not addressed early on, tend to grow in magnitude and severity, and thus impact more and more people, and become increasingly difficult to resolve — hence the saying . . .

A stitch in time, saves nine“.

[The setting and script for this scene is presented below.]

The Setting

A college sponsored symposium of political pundits, featuring the character Will McAvoy (played by Jeff Daniels), the notoriously non-committal and supposed non-confrontational anchorman of the fictional cable news network ACN, and a professor, who moderates the discussion by pressing for an answer to a rhetorically leading question originally posed by a 20-year-old female student.

Professor:   What makes America the greatest country in the world?

McAvoy:  Well Lewis and Sharon said it: diversity and opportunity and freedom and freedom.

[Signs held by a woman (McKenzie played by Emily Mortimer) in the audience: “IT’S NOT . . . BUT IT CAN BE”]

Professor:   I’m not letting you go back to the airport without answering the question.

McAvoy:  Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece.  James Madison was a genius.  The Declaration of Independence is for me is the single greatest piece of American writing.

You don’t look satisfied.

Professor:   One’s a set of laws and the other’s a declaration of war.  I want a human moment from you.

What about the people?  Why is America . . .

[Sign is again held up by McKenzie:  “IT’S NOT”]

McAvoy:   It’s NOT the greatest country in the world, Professor . . . that’s my answer!

Professor:   You’re saying . . .

McAvoy:  Yes!

Professor:   Let’s talk about . . .

McAvoy:   [Turns to his Liberal colleague and addresses comments made earlier, but not included in the video clip, so this will appear to be a bit out of context] Fine – Sharon, the NEA is a loser.  Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants.  It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes – it costs air time . . . column inches.  You know why people don’t like liberals? . . . cause they lose.  If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?  [Now he turns to his Conservative colleague, who had earlier attributed America’s greatness to its “freedoms”]  And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome, that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom?  Canada has freedom.  Japan has freedom.  The U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia . . . Belgium has freedom! – 207 sovereigns states in the world, and like 180 of them have freedom.

And you, sorority girl [the blond haired female student who originally posed the question] . . . just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know.  And one of them is there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world.  We’re seventh in literacy; 27th in math; 22nd in science; 49th in life expectancy; 178th in infant mortality; 3rd in median household income; number four in labor force and number four in exports.

We lead the world in only three categories: (1) number of incarcerated citizens per capita; (2) number of adults who believe angels are real; and (3) defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are Allies.

Now none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the Worst . . . Generation . . . Ever!!  So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about!  . . . Yosemite?  [Reflective pause]

We sure use to be.  We stood up for what was right.  We fought for moral reasons.  We passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons.  We waged wars on poverty . . . not poor people.  We sacrificed.  We cared about our neighbors.  We put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest.  We built great big things . . . made ungodly technological advances . . . explored the universe . . . cured diseases.  And we cultivated the world’s greatest artists AND the world’s greatest economy.

We reached for the stars.  Acted like men.  We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it.  It didn’t make us feel inferior.  We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t . . . we didn’t scare so easy.  Huh . . . we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed . . . by great men . . . men who were revered.

First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.  America is NOT the greatest country in the world anymore.

[Turns to the moderating Professor again]  Enough?

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Overcome Obstacles

Overcome Obstacles

In all worthwhile pursuits, you will be confronted with many obstacles.  Those quests of significance are typically the ones with the most challenging obstacles, and appear to have manifested simply to bring the very best out in someone.  Here is an inspirational performance evidencing this by a beautifully special 13-year-old, named Rion Paige . . .

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Puttin’ On The Ritz

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As you travel your life’s journey to be the very best you can be (likely far greater than you are aware), be sure to present yourself in an impressive manner . . . along the lines of the opening routine to the live shows of “So You Think You Can Dance“, featuring the “top 20” dancers and brilliantly choreographed by Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo (a/k/a “NappyTabs”).  To do so, you will need Careful Planning, which this choreography certainly required, along with a high Standard of Excellence, also apparent in this video.

This performance was set to an updated version of the song “Puttin’ On The Ritz“, by Herb Alpert, featuring Lani Hall.  The iconic song was written by Irving Berlin and originally danced to by Fred Astaire in the 1936 film Blue Skies.

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Take The Leap

Take The Leap

No matter what the challenge is that you face, if there is an action YOU KNOW YOU MUST TAKE, and absolutely necessary in vaulting you toward the realization of your dreams, then believe in yourself, get inspired and TAKE THE LEAP, as illustrated in the below parkour and freerunning highlights video . . .

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Be Awesome

Dum vivimus, vivamus

. . . is a Latin aphorism, which translates to “While we live, let us live”.  And while you’re at it, why not add some awesomeness to it?  The below video illustrates this point well . . .

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