Coffee and Contemplation: Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month

July is Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month. It advocates for people to overcome their fear of public speaking. Having taken acting and speech classes, I’ve had a lot of training on this subject. I know many people have not and many people have a phobia of public speaking. More people fear public speaking than people who fear being killed. Some tips that have helped me and many others with public speaking include; practicing or rehearsing the speech beforehand, be organized, and know and understand the topic you’re speaking about.

I believe there is something else to this concept. If you fear speaking in public, this is a fear that can be overcome and will benefit you for the rest of your life. However, I think it’s time we all took a stand to speak up about the problems in our world. It’s not just fear of public speaking but the fear of speaking up and speaking out. Many terrible people of gotten away with terrible acts because no one spoke out against them. Sometimes the situation is difficult or dangerous. It’s important that we all overcome our fear of speaking about the difficult subjects.

The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address was delivered on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I believe this speech says more than I ever could about a country divided while fighting a war. That’s how I feel about the United States today in 2020. I believe it is as important now as it was then for us all to preserve our country and it’s unity. We must all keep fighting for justice and equality. I hope these words inspire you as they have inspired me.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

~ Abraham Lincoln

What’s New Wednesday: July 1

Overall, not much is changing for the website this month. I’m sticking with the usual things as my pageviews each month continue to grow. We broke 500 pageviews for the month of June. Woot! I’ve stepped away from most social media to focus on the blog and website and things. I would like to have more videos on my YouTube Channel, but I don’t plan to work on any of that for the moment. I’m in the process of searching for a new apartment. That’s taking up most of my time this week.

Some new things I’m trying will include special blog posts. This is not your regularly scheduled programming. A couple extra posts here or there along with the usual things. I have a post every single day and now I’m expanding to throw in two posts a day. Maybe only once a week, but we shall see. If I feel the need to write something, I will write and post it. You’ll just have to read it and tell all your friends. I would enjoy hearing from you kind readers of my blog what you would like to read more about. Be it a specific topic or something random and new, I want to hear from you.

At some point I will try some new advertising and marketing avenues for my books. They fit my budget and perhaps cost to profit ratio will improve. I always get results, but the sales never justify the cost. I’ll let folks know how that goes in a post somewhere in the future. I hope to have many new things to talk about in August. It’s just around the corner but it still feels so far away. I’m sure the world will see several more disasters between now and then. I’m still convinced a ragtag team of special ops Bees took down the murder hornet threat. That’s why they disappeared.