As part of our look into candidates for congressional seats in 2018, we are please to share this podcast interview featuring Susan Wild. Susan is running for PA District 7’s Congressional seat. She provided the following blog post. Please take a moment and get to know Susan.
Greg is a devoted husband, father, and son who has lived in the Lehigh Valley for more than 25 years. He is running because he sees the need for a bold new vision of a prosperous 15th District where everyone’s full potential as human beings is given the opportunity to learn, live, and thrive.
Greg is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Resurrected Life Community Church and the President and CEO of Resurrected Community Development Corporation, which led to the creation of the Resurrected Life Children’s Academy, the James Lawson Freedom School, and the Campaign for Change organizing initiative. He has spent the last 20 years building a racially diverse, culturally rich, economically self-sufficient, and politically aware community that has addressed racial, economic, and educational disparities within Allentown and throughout the greater Lehigh Valley.
Greg believes the 15th Congressional District needs a legislative agenda that shifts the existing political paradigm by making every American visible, and no one disposable. He’ll achieve this by championing an aggressive progressive program that includes equitable health care, free higher-education, economic dignity and civic engagement that puts people before big corporations and big donors.
Greg was inducted into the 2016 inaugural class of the Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Pastoral Leadership at Morehouse College, for his exemplary leadership in advancing Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community through peace, truth, justice and nonviolent direct action. In 2017, during their Sesquicentennial celebration, Morehouse further honored Greg, inducting him into the college’s prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers with Rev. Dr. William Barber.
A graduate of Geneva College (Bachelor of Science in Urban Ministry Leadership), the University of Delaware’s Graduate School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (Certification in Community Economic Development), Drew University (Master of Divinity), and the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Prisons, Transformative Justice and Public Policy), Greg has been awarded the NAACP Man of Vision Award, the Peace Pilgrim of the Year Award, the Community Development Award by the Allentown Human Relations Commission, the William Gray III Leadership Award, and the prize for Multi-Cultural Church Leadership from Drew University, where he simultaneously served as President of the Theological Student Association and the Black Ministerial Caucus.
Greg will be an asset to Congress and brings a deep understanding of the intersectionality between educational parity, unfettered access to health care, and increased economic opportunity.
Please join us as we speak with Greg and learn about his story.
Authenticity, or at least talking about it, is a hot topic. But what does that mean? And how do you actually do it? Well, I can’t actually answer that for you—that’d be inauthentic for both of us. Still, I have a few insights and questions that might help you stand in your own authentic self.
Insight #1 – Trust Deeply.
You were created for a purpose and a time such as this. You may not even know what that purpose is, or you might be in the midst of resisting it, but trust deeply that you are here on planet Earth for a reason. For me, that’s always been teaching. I used to line up my stuffed animals in 4th grade and teach them in order to learn my spelling words.
I believe many people have an inner knowing of their purpose but it’s been pressed down and hidden. Typically, it keeps showing up in little ways. It keeps trying to peek through. When you get that spark of recognition, trust it.
In addition to trusting deeply in your purpose, trust deeply in your uniqueness. My guess is that you, like me, admire people who have the courage to stand out and be themselves. We rarely admire those that imitate others. In short, trust who you are and that thing you can’t shake, that thing you can’t not do.
Insight #2 – Behave Boldly.
Nothing will leave you feeling more inauthentic than pulling back from your truest self. Nothing will leave a bigger crater in your self-esteem than going halfway when you know you could’ve gone all in.
One of my favorite quotes is from the movie We Bought a Zoo is, “Sometimes all you really need is 20 seconds of insane courage.” Goethe too declared, boldness has power. So, let me ask you:
- Where or how could you be bold today?
- Do you need to have a tough conversation?
- Do you need to invest in advertising?
- Hire some help?
Chances are, you have a pretty good idea of a bold step to take (it’s that nagging task you keep setting aside to get to when you have more time, money, energy, courage, clarity, or whatever else you rationalize).
Whatever you need to do, do it. And when you do, follow through with boldness too. It’s just as important, perhaps more so, that we make a decision right as it is that we make the right decision (you might want to read this paragraph again – it’s really important).
Tip #3 – Give Generously.
If behaving boldly were the science of taking action, then giving generously would be the art of taking action. Some call it flow. Some call it being in the spirit. Others simply call it what I was meant to do all along.
So what, exactly, are you to be giving? Yourself and your gifts, your time and your attention, your money, your view of the world—in short, everything that makes you, you.
Because what the world needs more of is you. How do I know? Because if the world didn’t need you, you wouldn’t be here. If you can’t believe that for yourself, trust me and let me believe it until you discover it’s true for yourself.
When you trust deeply in who you were created to be, when you behave boldly based on that knowledge, however slight or intense at the time, and when you give generously out of who you are and all that you’ve received, then you will find that peace that passes all understanding. You’ll find it precisely because you will be the embodiment of the purpose for which you were created. You’ll find it because you are it.
Sean McCool is an award-winning writer, published author, speaker, and life coach to the world’s greatest clients. He specializes in working with entrepreneurs who have the audacity to believe they can daily walk with wisdom, wealth, and courage in every area of life. You can learn more about Sean at www.SeanMcCool.com
We are thrilled to have Sean on this week’s #MasterYourStory podcast. Sean, thank you for spending some time with us. We look forward to having you back soon.