Before I begin, let me start by saying that I am aware that today is actually the seventh day of the month. I’ve been out-of-sorts all week. If it hasn’t been one thing, it’s been another. My faith, my courage, my drive have all been greatly diminished. By yesterday (Day 6), I was completely drained. I rested and decided to take on the challenge of writing today. No, my situation(s) have not changed, but my outlook has. Victory is mine, so on to the task at hand.
The Oxford Dictionary defines fascinate as: [to] draw irresistibly the attention and interest of (someone). The truth is, I am interested in a lot of people but to say that they’re irresistible is not accurate. Intrigued with or inspired by? Certainly. That’s what fascinate means to me.
The things that interest me about people are more so their attributes and character traits than anything, but physical characteristics sometimes play a part. For example, I am fascinated by the actor Idris Elba purely because of his amazing looks and superb acting ability (further enhanced by his amazing looks).
I am fascinated by people who display great courage in the face of adversity. People like my She-ro, Candace Henley. Candace is a colon cancer survivor and advocate who has turned her adversity into advocacy for greater awareness and testing, especially in the African-American community.
I am fascinated by people who walk unashamedly in their faith. People like Rev. Courtney Clayton-Jenkins, a young woman who is also a pastor, a pastor’s wife, and a mother. She recently published her first book designed to encourage and empower women in leadership.
I am fascinated by people who live life to the fullest. People who are honest. People who are fearless, loving, compassionate, and humble. These character traits fascinate me and the people who wholeheartedly display them daily draw my attention. There are many more traits and people I could name, but I’d be writing all day, and since it is actually Day 7…