November 29, 2014

We’re Stronger than the Manipulators





At its core, the teddy bear is not considered intimidating. It is small, fluffy, and cuddly. It’s not considered to be a hero, or an action figure. Its only purpose is to be cute. Nobody expects it to provide anything but smiles and hugs. 

However, the little guy in the image above seems to have a tough side. He is wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and sunglasses. Also, he has a tattoo. His arms are crossed in a belligerent manner as if to say, “I’ve got it going on!” There’s more to this cuddly character than meets the eye. I don’t think that I’d want to mess with him.

At first glance, some of the rest of us may appear to be underachievers. People may assume that we’re not worthy of respect in certain areas. They may look at our outward appearance, or our background, and mistakenly assume that they can impose their will on us. We’re stronger than that!

A Famous Example of Strength

Teddy Roosevelt--was the 26th President of the United States. He overcame many obstacles in his lifetime. He had to push through medical trials and career challenges. According to the History Channel miniseries, The Men Who Built America, Roosevelt wasn’t easily bullied: Roosevelt was vice-president to William McKinley. As Vice-President, Roosevelt slid right into the office of President after McKinley was assassinated. 

The 25th President had promised privileges to some of the mega industrialists. The position of vice-president is not a position of power, and these men assumed that Roosevelt would be content to continue to operate without supremacy as President. John D. Rockefeller and others attempted to manipulate him into acceeding to their unfair wishes, but Roosevelt refused. He intended to break the stranglehold these men had on their industries.

It’s rumored that the teddy bear was named after the 26th President of the United States. I say, never judge a book by its cover, whether it’s a darling children’s toy, or an upper-class gentleman.

What about the Rest of Us?

We might seem “cute and cuddly”, or ineffectual, in certain ways. However we do not have to be defined by our perceived limitations. Many people are successful in shattering boundaries daily, as evidenced by the life of Teddy Roosevelt.

We are unique, evolving creatures, and that’s the way it should be. We have a power inside of us that cannot be denied by aggressors.

Do people judge you by your “cover”?