Wednesday Afternoon Break: Becoming – Roasted

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Time for a Wednesday afternoon break!

In the second half of Becoming by Michelle Obama, the focus of her memoir shifts to life in politics. For Michelle, Barack’s Senate campaign could have been his last. As she signed off on another campaign after Barack’s unsuccessful run for U.S. House, she insisted that if he lost, politics would be over.

Instead, we are taken on the unlikely and historic journey that brought the Obama family to the White House in 2008. A place they would call home for eight years.

Michelle worked to balance a career and family while Barack was often away from home before his Senate, and eventual Presidential campaign. With the addition of campaigning, life was stretched even more. Meeting so many different people throughout America was a major joy of campaigning. It was a chance to meet the everyday heroes located in every town and city of America. There was also an opportunity for lessons to be learned on the campaign trail. The realization that messaging in politics required a performative piece that Michelle hadn’t quite mastered yet.

Becoming the First Lady of the United States of America does not come with a handbook. Michelle visits the White House after the Presidential election, weeks before the inauguration and spends time with Laura Bush. As the view of the Rose Garden is pointed out by Laura Bush within the First Lady’s dressing room, she realized that she was a part of a humble continuum.

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

Roasted is located on Race Street north of 121 and East of I-35. The coffee shop prides itself on being a no-frills destination. The majority of patrons are looking for great coffee they can get on the go. On Race Street, there is currently a lot of construction. The area is looking to be a new destination for people in Fort Worth to enjoy various venues during the day and night. Once the development on the street is finished, traffic will be able to flow through Race Street and bring customers to the various businesses. Although Roasted does not have any seating arrangements inside, they do have a patio section in the back of the shop — a cozy place to relax with a coffee and a book. The setup outside is also going to have an overhaul as the owners look to provide some covering and new seating as spring rolls along. Check out Roasted and enjoy their coffee and patio as you get immersed in a great book.

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

As Michelle Obama prepared to take on the role of First Lady, she reflected what was before her.

I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I’d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words “first” and “black” attached to them ever would. I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I’d need to climb my way into favor.

For me, it revived an old internal call-and-response, one that tracked all the way back to high school, when I’d shown up at Whitney Young and found myself suddenly gripped by doubt. Confidence, I’d learned then, sometimes needs to be called from within. I’ve repeated the same words to myself many times now, through many climbs.

Am I good enough? Yes I am.

To be a leader often means to be criticized. Usually, it is not fair, deserved, or beneficial to progress. Leaders committed to solving problems are often derailed for superficial reasons. The challenge to rise above this and still lead is something few are willing to do. The attacks feel personal because often they are. Unfortunately, this causes several people to shy away from standing tall for what is right. Whether it at work, school, out and about in daily life, or at home, many choose silence to avoid the complications of criticism. It can feel like the easier route. As unsolved and unaddressed problems pile up though, they only get worse. They don’t magically go away as much as we would like them to. It requires leaders and the community willing to tackle each mountain that is in front of them, and as each apex is reached, they can take on the next challenge. The progress we have been able to make over the centuries is due to people, often ordinary, everyday people deciding to help solve a problem. Let us find those opportunities to lead for a brighter future.

Enjoy your reading Fort Worth! Be sure to share your love for reading! You can find this book at the Fort Worth Public Library!

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Wednesday Afternoon Break © Fort Worth Reader 2019

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