I remember being four years old in a gymnastics class. We started with cart-wheels, progressed to the balance beam and then the uneven bars. When it was time for the rings I hit my plateau. Those rings are my first memory of fear. The instructor was pushing me to do a flip while holding onto the rings, but I couldn’t overcome the mental barrier. I was scared. My body was shaking and my hands were sweaty. I walked out of the gym in tears and told my mom I would never do it again.
Why is it that 28 years later, my fears still cause me to peak short of the opportunity at hand? To this day I still can’t do a flip; even into the water or on a trampoline. I could never overcome that fear. A few fears hold me back: how my friends view me, the fear of not having enough money, or simply the fear of failure. Right now, I stand at that great moment. Will I pursue something of significant hope or will my fear of not being self-sufficient over-take me?
Andre and I started Suffered Enough with the hope of bringing together people of influence and people in great need. We dreamed that the conversations we could start would be mutually beneficial. We believed these conversations would change how businesses could be run, inspire new organizations to be crafted, and attract story-tellers to share dignified solutions to the contrasting problems of our world. We believe both people groups have great problems and we need each other to see solutions to these pressing needs. These conversations are happening, people are being changed, and we have found ourselves at a crossroads as we look to the future. Fear has hit me again. But alongside the fear is clarity. I need to move into this moment of no return. I need to pursue what is next in this story.
Maybe you have stood on the edge of this same moment. We would love to hear your story and any wisdom you have gleaned. Maybe today is that moment for you. Conspiring together can only make us stronger. Maybe you have never made the jump to overcome that fear. Maybe we should both face our fears head on. Maybe today is your day to realize something beyond the current lens through which you see the world.
Wherever you are in the fear journey, I am thankful we can journey together. Thank you for supporting our work. I am thankful for advice, ideas, prayer, concern, critiques, suggestions and support. Please continue to walk with us as we continue this work together. Fear will not stop this community. If you would like to generously contribute to our organization, please visit http://www.plywoodpeople.com/donate.
We will be known by the problems we solve.