Overcoming Your Fears: Who Will Inspire You Today?

IMG_1733Today is the birthday of my grandfather, Dan Phillips.  He would have been 96.  My grandfather was a kind, loving, and very effective man.  He:

  • Created things – started his career as a chemist
  • Sold things – real estate was his retirement career
  • Competed for things – he was a champion runner who was once an Olypmics hopeful
  • Fought for things – super active in civic life, he was the first black person to serve on the Evanston High School Board where he served for 25 years.

Yesterday, I made some huge proclamations to myself about the goals I am making for the next phase of my life.  So, inevitably, today, I am feeling a lot of fear.  Can I really do what I say am I going to?  What if I don’t have what it takes?  And if I don’t, shouldn’t I just give up now before I, or someone else, gets hurt?

Yesterday, I also read that quote that Cory Booker posted on Facebook via #waywire:


Sometimes those “small people” are simply the voices inside your head, like the ones I woke up with this morning, that are encouraging you to give in to your fears.  So today, I’m very glad that today is my grandfather’s birthday.   This is just the inspiration I need.  As the “really great,” he is the perfect person to remind me that I have everything I need.  I know, from his example as well as my own experience, that I can create and sell and compete and fight for my vision and make all of my goals and my dreams come true.

Who is your inspiration today?  Who is/has been really great in your life who will stand by you in your battle to cast aside the “small people?”



One thought on “Overcoming Your Fears: Who Will Inspire You Today?

  1. What a beautiful legacy your grandfather left in you, Lynn. I so relate to the fears at the face of new expansion, whether personal or business—I think of it as the gargoyles at the gate. I am still inspired by my first acting teacher, Jack Romano, a Cuban, Italian Jewish refugee who saw things in me as a youngster that were only the whispers of a dream, watered the seeds and helped them sprout…

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