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“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”                       Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 

I read a few years ago that babies are born with two innate fears. They are afraid of falling and they are afraid of loud noises. All other fears we pick up along the way.

What are you afraid of? As a boy, I remember going out to get the mail after dark and running back into the house with my heart beating so fast because I was afraid.

As a child, lots of things were scary. I was in elementary school in 1968 when Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were killed. My afternoon television shows were all preempted for the news of the two assassinations. It really scared me. The idea that I would one day die was a thought that made me very fearful.

As an adult, one thing still really petrifies me. I break out in a cold sweat every time I make an online purchase and it arrives with these words on the box…..“Some Assembly Required.”

Many are fearful of the election that is happening tomorrow in our country. Please read this next line and accept it as the truth. Don’t be afraid!

How many times have we sat paralyzed, thinking about scenarios that could happen – but they never happen. Here is my advice to you. Do the best you can do. Vote as an informed citizen. (Please don’t think Facebook qualifies as a good place to be informed.) Then prepare to live your big life on Wednesday just like you have every other day. Ultimately, you can only be responsible for yourself. Leaders and political parties will come and go, but you have to be busy at becoming the best big life you – you can be. And, that will make your life special. Enough people doing it will make our country and world a better place to be.

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