Taking A Stand
By Richard Mabey Jr.
It was as about a year ago. Maybe, a year and a half ago, I’m not quite sure. I live in a gated community in Central Florida. There was a rather controversial issue on the table, that affected a lot of the residents. I had taken a bit of a tough stand on the side of the residents, in some of my writings in a local weekly newspaper.
When it comes down to it, the controversial issue isn’t the real subject of this essay. What is at the core of this essay, is that I found the courage to take a tough stand on the side of truth, justice and the American way. I know that sounds corny. But, in this case, Superman was my inspiration. Well, a little of Batman and Spider-Man also.
At any rate, one thing led to another, and I found myself being interviewed by a local cable television station. The crux of the matter; the stand I took for the little guy.
It was a tough interview, I kid you not. At one time, I found myself asking myself, “what did I get myself into here?” I found myself being intimidated by the chap interviewing me. As clear as the rising sun, I felt the presence of my father. Inwardly I heard my father’s voice, “Richard, don’t let him get to you. Stand strong. Don’t back down!”
From that fraction of a second in time, during the interview, I fought harder. I deepened my voice. I stood tall and proud. The chap interviewing me fought back, with vocal flexion that is. I stood my ground. At one point in time, I voiced a particularly good point on my side of the issue. I remember that the fellow holding the microphone, gave me the “thumb’s up” sign.
After the interview aired, I had quite a few people compliment me on how well I had done. The truth is that I secretly thought that I had not done that well with the interview. But, apparently I had done well.
To all of my good readers faced with a challenge, faced with a situation that requires you to take a stand, please stand tall and strong. Don’t let them get you down. Don’t back down!
Peace and harmony,