This past weekend, I attended the Kirk Franklin concert ( I didn’t stay for Steve Harvey-personal reasons) and I heard one of his new songs, “Hello Fear”. I listened to the lyrics and they spoke volumes to me. Just read some of the lyrics below:
Before you sit down there’s something I need to explain
Since you’re here
I think I should tell you since we last talked things have changed
See I’m tired of being broken-hearted
So I made a list and you’re on it
All my hopes and my dreams You took from me
I want those back before you leave
I knew I would see you, You have a hard time letting go
See these tears, Take a good look cuz, soon they won’t fall anymore
God’s healing my hurtful places
That seat that was yours now is taken
I’m no longer afraid, See I’m better this way
And one more thing before you leave. – From “Hello Fear” by Kirk Franklin
When I was growing up, I always had a fear or rejection and failure. I was very passionate about succeeding in everything I put my mind to do. I set goals for myself and achieved them. I never was that little girl dreaming about that fairy tale wedding; I was dreaming about opening clinics in improvised rural and urban areas. Finally, I was the given the opportunity to actually live out my dream and I wasn’t successful. I was crushed. I didn’t want to have any more dreams for myself. I was too afraid because the only thing I lived for and breathed for since I was little was gone. I avoided family members because I was tired of answering the questions of what happened. I didn’t want to deal with the scars I still had from the rejection that I felt. It took me years for me to deal with the pain. You know what did it? My dad would always tell me (and still does) “what does it hurt to try? All they can tell you is no.” That was true. A two letter word can’t kill me. I learned to realize that I’ve been rejected before and I’m still breathing. Every success story has some drawbacks and obstacles.
So what are your fears? What are you too afraid of trying because you are scared of failure or rejection? Learn to face your fears and learn to be the captain of your destiny! I encourage you find something you are afraid of doing (getting that degree, buying a house, applying for another position, or leaving a bad situation because you don’t want to be alone) and address your fear!
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