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Be Fearless Was the Message at Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospitals Annual Prayer Breakfast



Date: February 12, 2014

Contact: Nick Bejarano
Regional Communications Manager

Willits, CA - On Thursday February 6, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) led a spiritual gathering of the Willits community to pray for our town, our community, our nation, and our government locally and nationally.

Six faith leaders from the Willits community led a prayer from their respective faiths - reflecting the diversity, acceptance and openness of the community. Inspiration through music was performed by, The Basics, and Emandal Choir.

A responsive reading set the tone for the morning's event, "Help us see the light and beauty that manifests in each person we meet. Teach us how to embrace our sisters and brothers, as equals, across this nation and the larger global world."

International Motivational Speaker, Jessica Cox, provided the keynote address for the morning event.

Cox began her inspirational thought by reflecting on her parents' reaction to seeing her for the first time, "My mother just cried, and cried. She cried so much that the doctors wheeled me to the nurses' station while my parents regained their composure. No one expected - not even the doctors that I was going to be born without arms," reflects Cox, on how her life began. She continued to share that while many people go through life focusing on life's problems she chose to focus on the solution, quoting Andy Munthe, that, "A shot glass of desire is greater than a pitcher of talent," meaning that you can have all the talent in the world but without the desire to change your own circumstances you will never get beyond the problems that are right there in front of you."

"Do you know what the definition of F.E.A.R is?" asked Cox, "It's False-Evidence-Appearing-Real. I encourage you to be fearless, be courageous - Think Outside The Shoe™ as I have. By being fearless and thinking beyond my limitations I have been able to accomplish driving a car, flying an airplane, scuba diving, and earning a black belt in Taekwondo!"

During her talk, Cox physically demonstrated how she ties her shoes with her feet, and also challenged someone from the audience to come on stage and open a soda can with their feet. Upon which Cox did in a matter of seconds, poured the soda in a tea cup and began to sip!

As the prayer breakfast came to a close HMH Director of Spiritual Care, Dennis Long, lead the audience in a final prayer of dedication asking for a special blessing on our community at large and our nation.