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When Mo’Nique’s name was called for best supporting actress at the Academy Awards I literally got chills and felt the hairs on my arms stand up.

Mo’Nique has paid her dues in the entertainment industry.  She has seen some ups and I’m sure she’s seen some downs.  I’m sure along the road someone has told her she’s too fat.  Too black.  Too loud.  But what I appreciate about people like Mo’Nique and others who attain a high level of success is their resilience and unwavering determination to see their dreams through to fruition.  Someone I respect once told me to make my haters my motivators.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the following passage in the bible:

Matthew 25:14-15

14″Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15To one he gave five talents[a] of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.”

What are you doing with your talents?  What are you doing with your gifts?  How are you managing your money?  I have been raising this question to myself.  What is that deep desire within you?  You know, the dream you had when you were a little boy or a little girl.  Remember when you used to practice in front of a mirror?  Did you grow up and someone told you that you were ridiculous to dream such a dream?  Did you talk yourself out of your own dream because you were simply afraid?

I know that I’ve allowed myself to abandon a dream or two because I bought into someone telling me I was too old and should have pursued this dream when I was a little kid.  I’ve talked myself out of pursuing a few opportunities based on fear.  I was afraid that I would not be accepted or would simply look foolish.  It’s funny the mind games we play on ourselves before others even have a chance.  Actually it’s not so funny.  It’s scary.

I wrote a blog last week that I would get healthy and in shape after my five year old son told me that my butt was too big.  Well I’ve been sticking to the work out plan for the most part.  I say the most part because I was a tad bit under the weather for a few days and had to forego a work out here or there.  But I’m declaring right here and now to refocus and actually pursue my dreams again.  I started doing stand up after being way too afraid to do so in the past because it’s one of those dreams I buried years ago.

I don’t proclaim to be the next coming of Eddie Murphy or Mo’Nique.  I do however, enjoy making folks laugh.  I do enjoy the “rush” of getting up on stage and conquering a fear.  After all fear is simply bondage.  Courage is doing something in spite of that fear.  Will you join me in becoming fearless?  What are your dreams?  Chile Please!  Live Them!

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