Fear & Courage: Leadership, Chap.3



“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” 

~F.D. Roosevelt, 1932, Inaugural Address

“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people ~ faith that the people will not simply elect men(people) who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect (people) who will exercise their conscientious judgment ~ faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, ~ but will reward courage, respect honor and ultimately recognize right.”

~J.F. Kennedy, 1956, from Profiles in Courage

Fear is an incessant force today: Fear of a T. presidency. Fear of an H. or a B. presidency. Fear of revolution. Fear of complacency. Fear of change. Fear of no change. Fear of intolerance and injustice. Fear of diversity and equality. Fear of leaders and media who incite more fear, violence, hate. Fear of those without an answer, without a path of trust. Fear of knowledge.

Can we demand courage? Courage to create new paths to ancient ideals; courage to put passionate ideas into action, to solve problems rather than revolt against them? Courage to see the world as connected ~ not me against you, or us versus them? Courage to be an actual “instrument of peace”, while being an agent of constructive, compassionate change?

BALANCE essential elements of change. Make INTELLIGENT CHOICES that help the world.  Can this young democracy, this United States of America, remember and demand more courage and less fear in our leaders? Courage to listen and to learn while serving. Courage to teach peace, while standing up for what is right. Courage to stop fear by respecting every voice in the democracy; to find compromise that brings about conversation based on learning. Courage to humbly serve.

“The kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.”

~J.F. Kennedy~

BE the change. All of us MUST. This dramatic, challenging time in our country demands our attention and engagement. Face the difficult conversations. Look for the truth behind appearances. Email the campaigns, the congress, and give them your direction and demands for a country based on “true democracy, living and growing and inspiring”.(JFK)

Thanks for all you are courageously doing, no matter how insignificant it may seem. WE ALL will make a difference in the lives of so many, through our choices of action or non-action, conversation or silence, fear or courage.


One thought on “Fear & Courage: Leadership, Chap.3

  1. Karen Small says:

    Thank you Susan, my Susan Portland and I discussed this topic just this morning. It seems such a critical time. I’ll pass this along to her.

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