Earlier this year, I listened to Bishop TD Jakes share his thoughts on the idea of a new normal – the new normal is what is about to occur for me. In a world paralyzed by fear, consumed by shame, and provisioned by low self-worth; the space we create in that world is mediocre, no self-expression, and the suffocation of love. -The writing of this book was a confrontation of all of those things. I remember being in graduate school with a calling on my heart to start the process of writing this book. Like many of us, I ignored that inner voice, denying it, chalking it up to a pipe dream, something that I need not dare think I could have the audacity to accomplish.
As time went on, the call to write became louder and louder….I would do all I could to ignore it, afraid of what would it look like to be so vulnerable, to jeopardize relationships, and to put myself out there in ways that shook me to my core. What I now know, is my inability to submit to the call upon my heart was causing me to live a life that was boring, inspiration was hard to find, and what others thought of me took precedent over my own truth.
Originally, this website was going to go live on March 17th, but now I see that there was no better day for this website to launch than today: The Ides of March. The story of the Ides of March historically corresponds with the turning point of Roman history…as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to that of the Roman Empire. Well, like the fall of the Roman Republic, I am seeing a change in rule in my own life. This book, and this website, physically represent a change in guard, from the rule of fear, to the rule of faith.
Who knows what this book will do, perhaps it will sell one copy (thanks, Mama), or perhaps it will sell millions. Perhaps this book will move, touch, and inspire people, perhaps people will read and say it was a waste—At the end of the day, what this book has already accomplished, is power to move in truth over fear, the ability for me to express love to myself and others, and a declaration of my insatiable thirst to dare again, and again and again! Dare greatly, my friends. Dare greatly!
To God I hold all things with gratitude,