Have you ever experienced something so overwhelming both emotionally and physically that you freeze, and find yourself completely incapable of moving or responding to anything?
That is the story of Arthur. Arthur had grown up in a wealthy family. He attended the local public school because his parents didn’t want him to hold prideful pretension. He graduated a confident senior who had earned the respect of his peers and represented them as class president.
He found he enjoyed the opportunity to ‘fight for the little guy’ so he earned separate degrees in law and political science, and moved through law school with driven determination. He passed the bar in his first attempt and found a job with small DA’s office to cut his teeth in the regular legal proceedings. He argued effectively, clearly, and confidently when cases went to trial, and he won more often than he lost. He gained the respect of the judges and his peers as a clear thinker and decisive speaker.
It was no surprise when he, even at 25, ran for mayor of the small town, which brings me to the question posed above. Arthur stood before the voters in his first public speech in a local VA hall, and looking out on all the men and women, he froze. Filled with fear and anxiety, how could he tell them he just sharted?