Half The Man

If I could be
Just half of thee
What a difference I could make

If I thought like you
The things I could do
Your wisdom I would take

Your kindred heart
Sets you apart
And lends the world a chance

The words you spare
And love you share
Gives a reason to dance

Please take my hand
And help me stand
And look beyond today

Help me believe
That I can achieve
To be like you someday

By Alton Carter to honor Tom Carter and Bill Taggart

WHAT DO YOU HEAR

Instead of focusing on people who told me I would never accomplish anything.  I decided to listen to people who told me I could be whatever I wanted!  Everything I have accomplished in my life is connected to those who saw past my broken heart and gave me a second chance!

Rejection

My single greatest fear is Fear of Rejection.  My whole life I have always wanted to be accepted.  I didn’t really care about being nominated for awards and I definitely did not want to draw special attention to myself.  I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than my life experiences.  I just wanted to fit in and have people like me for who and what I was.  My childhood was full of disappointment and on many occasions I felt as though no one really cared about me.   Instead of acceptance, I often came face to face with rejection.  My fear of rejection seemed to come naturally, as my father rejected me when he decided not to stick around for my birth.  I have always been told that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I not only repeated that to myself daily, I believed it. I thought somehow my pain would just transform itself into strength.  In some ways, I did gain strength but in others, I grew weaker.

No matter how hard I worked or what goals I achieved, I still fear rejection.  I have a strong desire for everyone to like me.  I want to be liked not for the sake of popularity but so that I don’t have to experience rejection.  My fear of rejection is connected to deeper issues and I vow to do what I can to not let my fear cripple me anymore.

Change the world

My friends, love is better than anger.  Hope is better than fear.  Optimism is better than despair.  So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.   -Jack Layton

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Photo by Alton Carter