Are We Gladiators, or are we Bitches?

Janice Brown

By Janice Brown,

In tribute to my friend, who knows who he is.

One of my favorite shows is Scandal, starring Kerry Washington. It has everything that I love in a TV drama: great writing, great actors, implausible schemes, sex, sexy people, high wire acts, spies, heroes, and fallible human beings.

The season 3 premier ran on Thursday evening with Kerry Washington’s team of loyal misfits plotting a scheme to assist their leader – Olivia Pope (Washington) who did not want their help. As they debated what to do, the second in command said to the group, “Are we gladiators or are we bitches?” I laughed out loud, texted a few people and thought about the significance of that question, despite it being posed in a fictional TV drama.

That question reminded me of the essence of a book that I am reading, called “The War of Art,” which describes how our minds will declare war on our execution of our true purpose. Our minds will begin to cry about overwhelm, exhaustion, feeling sorry for ourselves. When faced with greatness, we sometimes hide behind the mundane of our lives; we shrink back into thinking – who the hell am I to reach this high? Well, you are the real deal if you want to be. Or, as posed by Harrison on Scandal, “Are we gladiators, or are we bitches?”

Gladiators, this is what Beyond Law is about.