So, over the last few days, there’s been this viral video of this dance team dancing to the spoken word of Jon Jorgenson going around. I was captivated by the beauty of dance itself, but even moreseo, I was captivated by its message.
So, I did a little research. Who is Jon Jorgenson, and why have I never heard this message before? I looked at his bio on YouTube, and this is what it said:
Jon tells stories. Stories about art. Stories about leadership. Stories about people. Stories about hope. Stories about sports. Stories about LEGOs, snowflakes, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Jon tells stories online, on stage, in writing, and in rhyme. Jon tells stories about everything in the hopes of pointing us towards the one thing that really matters.
Now this sounds like someone Iike.
The more I listened to the videos, the more I appreciated his messages. You may not agree with all of his stories or all of his messages, but in most, I can almost guarantee that you can relate to something. This one in particular.
I listened to it several times and each time I had several different thoughts. I thought about what I’m afraid of. I thought about why I’m afraid of it. I thought about the opportunities I’ve missed in the past because I was scared. Damn… That kinda sucks.
Then I thought about all of the things I could accomplish if I just took a leap. A leap of faith. A leap in positive thinking. A leap in taking chances. A leap in no longer thinking about all of the “What if’s” and starting to think about “how can I’s.”
Then I thought about our current state of affairs in my community, in my city, in my country. It was then that I realized how completely and totally motivated we are by fear. And when we’re motivated by something negative, it results in a negative reaction. When we’re scared, it’s easier to become defensive. When we’re defensive, it’s easier to get angry. When we’re angry, it’s easier to hate.
At the end of this video, Jorgenson asks “What room does fear have when I make room for love?”
It has none. If we’re making room for love, we can’t have room for all of the negativity that comes with fear. Fear comes with baggage. When we’re making room for love, we can’t be hateful. We can’t be angry. We can’t be defensive. We can’t be afraid.
With this video, I have a new goal. It’s not to be unafraid. In all honesty, that’s a bit of a daunting task.
My goal from all of this is to be more positive. It’s to try to see both sides of a situation. If I can make sure that I take a positive position — even on a negative situation — fear will diminish and opportunity will rise. Opportunity for new. Opportunity for growth. Opportunity for love.
What do are you afraid of? Are you motivated by fear? What can you do to overcome fear and turn it into love? Hit me up in the comments if you have any advice… Because this one’s going to be tough!
P.S. guys, you should watch the dance video that got me to this guy’s videos. That dance was spectacular. Incredibly powerful!