Fear, Then A Spring-Break Hiatus

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“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

–     Franklin D. Roosevelt, during a prior public event that caused deep concern

It’s either ironic or something else that during a week in which the DD was intending to focus on fear that we have one of the most major fear-based responses in the history of our country.

Today, more employers will send hundreds of thousands of people to “work from home” for the next several weeks.  Tonight, The Tallest of The Three will play in the State Semi-Final basketball game, in front of either 10,000 or about 85 spectators.  My Iowa Hawkeyes play at 1:30 CDT today in a huge building in Indianapolis in front of, essentially, Frank Garza.

Fear.

Mrs. Heston often uses #dontliveinfear with The Three.

In business, we fear losing deals we don’t have yet.  We fear losing jobs we’ve never really liked.  We fear authority from people who never should have been granted it.  We fear making mistakes so much that we don’t push the envelope.

And now, we’re learning a new phrase, “social distancing.” (And I thought people were just uncomfortable around me.  Oh.  That’s part of it?  Never mind…)

Why are we afraid?  Because we don’t know what’s going to happen next.

What are we afraid of?  Something bad happening.

What can we do about it?  That’s where it gets really interesting.

We never know what’s going to happen next.

Bad things happen, sometimes in the middle of very good things happening.  Sometimes, bad things happen and we think they’re good things, only to find out they’re not….or were they?  It’s maddening, really, if we allow it to be.

So, where can we find 365 reminders to “be not afraid?”  It’s in my favorite book.  If you’re not willing to go there for comfort, remember this, please.  For Difference Makers, all that matters is what we do next.  If we’re afraid, perhaps we spend a few more minutes thinking about alternatives — but not so much time that we curl up in the fetal position and dread whatever might – or might not – happen next.

The Diff will go on hiatus until March 23, because, unless the panic cancels the Lumineers concert and they shut down an island in Florida, we’re going to take advantage of what might be the last time The Three have Spring Break during the same week.  If I get a compelling inspiration, and the interwebs ain’t broken — I reserve the right to toss a post out there, but consider the next 9-10 days at 9:01 AM CDT open on your calendar.

Be safe.  Not afraid.

 


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