Weekly Wisdom: “How to Kill the Giant” (Written by Brandon Jackson)

How to Kill the Giant


5:12AM, July 20th 2012. The Dark Knight Rises. I woke up that morning to several missed phone calls and unanswered text messages. It brings me joy to know that family and friends were checking up on me after the Aurora Theater Shooting. Of course this was a terrible tragedy but it definitely put a few different things in perspective for myself. If you take a look in The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and look up the word “Hero” you will see it defined as such; a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.

Who comes to mind? What comes to mind? There’s a book that was given to me as a gift The Children’s Book of Heroes. My favorite had to be the story of David and Goliath. I’m sure that if you ever heard this story, you think to yourself, a boy versus a giant? What if David was full of fear? His faith allowed him to take the action needed to defeat what was standing in his way of progressing. He did not fear, he did not second guess, he did not forfeit the fight. He was committed. After David had slay the Giant, he cut off his head and walked around with his head in his hand. Victory was obvious at this point.

Growing up, we have all had someone we considered our hero. Someone that was selfless, someone that knew what their purpose was and stood for it with a firm foundation. Maybe your hero was Batman. In the movie, The Dark Knight Rises, there were several Heroes. The city of Gotham made a declaration of war against the war that they would not let the wicked takeover what was theirs. As a people, they rose up. As a people, they conquered. They let go of all fear and of all doubt and did what was necessary in order to regain order and control.

Doctors say you are born with 3 fears; the fear of abandonment, the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. Every fear you have beyond those three, you learned from somewhere. What are you afraid of? What do you need to declare war against? Who is stopping you from progressing? Come up with a strategy and execute. Kill the Giant.

- Brandon E. Jackson