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Overcoming Fear is Just a Minute Away

"The Only Thing We Have To Fear is Fear Itself"

     

If you've just read the headline, and listened to the words of the late president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, understand and believe it, then you just learned how to overcome fear this very minute and every time it shows its evil head.

The famous quote by former president Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered at his inaugural address on March 04, 1933, was more than a mere quote, it was a divine and deliberate act of reassurance during times of crisis, and personal agony. For Roosevelt himself, being a beacon of hope and courage in times of uncertainty was the only route to proving himself as a true leader who valued the trust of the people, and the hope of a shared vision.

The presumed author of the quote, Roosevelt's long- time confidante and former newspaperman, Louis McHenry Howe, arrived in Washington to aid and support his friend, and told his assistant: 

At this point in time, the health of FDR, was also the health of the nation. He gave a speech that mirrored his perception of strength, and faith over adversity and uncertainty. Despite his own fears, Roosevelt knew that he was responsible for how the nation reacted in time of crisis, had he buckled, the nation would crumble right under what was left of his legacy. It was up to him to offer reassurance. FDR's Secretary of Labor, remembered her Commander in Chief, and his refusal to allow his polio diagnosis to paralize him mentally. She remembers, “He learned in that period and began to express firm belief that the ‘only thing to fear is fear itself.’ He never displayed the slightest bitterness over his misfortune.”

In our present day reality of a devastating pandemic, we have the opportunity to learn how one former world leader dispelled fear in a time of uncertainty, and offered a message of reassurance to a nation on its knees.

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