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Nicki Chapman sits in

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 26 October 2012

Nicki Chapman holds the Early Breakfast fort for the final time this week, with a first look at the papers, Chapman's Past & Present and Pause For Thought.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Shirley Bassey

    Shirley Bassey Goldfinger

    Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • Image for Mick Hucknall

    Mick Hucknall That's How Strong My Love Is

    (CD Single), ATCO Records, 1

  • Image for Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island

  • Image for Will Powers

    Will Powers Kissing With Confidence

    The Island Story (Various Artists), Island

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Never Tear Us Apart

    Fall To Grace: Bonus Tracks, Sony

  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News Do You Believe In Love

    It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... (Various), EMI

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Don't Be Cruel

    (CD Single), RCA

  • Image for Whitney Houston & R Kelly

    Whitney Houston & R Kelly I Look To You

    The Greatest Hits, Sony, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Morten Harket

      Morten Harket Scared Of Heights

      (CD Single), Wrasse Records, 3

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 One More Night

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Duran Duran

    Duran Duran A View To A Kill

    The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversa, EMI

  • Image for Moya

    Moya Making Me Fall

    (CD Single), Four To One Records, 1

  • Image for Was (Not Was)

    Was (Not Was), Ozzy Osbourne and Kim Basinger Shake Your Head

    (CD Single), Fontana

  • Marion & Des Highmore's Happy Anniversary Song

    • Image for Bee Gees

      Bee Gees You Win Again

      Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Naughty Boy

    Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé Wonder

    (CD Single), Virgin


    This week I went to see my rabbi. I was preparing for a meeting that filled me with dread and fear. I wasn't sleeping and I could feel the fear spreading across my chest and in my arms. He gave me great advice: “put your feet solidly on the floor Laura - be grounded. When you feel the fear, feel your feet on the floor and let your emotions go down into the earth rather than surfacing so they don’t scupper your thinking”. It worked. I started the day by praying with rabbinic students at the Leo Baeck College that trains progressive Rabbis. This calmed me a little, but sitting in the meeting with my feet solidly on the ground is what really anchored me, channelled my fear.

    It was only a meeting so I was surprised I was so wound up, so full of fear when I should have known it would probably be fine. I should have been able to trust in myself and others. I know some people seem to have a faith that is so strong that it will sustain them through almost anything, but my faith is not like that. Whether it is faith in others, faith in myself or faith in God, it's never a 'sure thing'.

    But with my feet on the ground, I remember that here and now is what matters. Religion is about holy moments, grand ideas and ultimate transcendence, but it is also about everyday life, boring meetings and how we treat each other. When faith is too grand, it almost seems unachievable and something that only others have. But when it is less sure it is somehow richer and more authentic, perhaps, paradoxically, somehow more reliable.

    And so, I think I almost have a fear of faith, or at least the sort of faith that knows no doubt. I need a faith that is not all-or-nothing, that struggles with God, like the Biblical Jacob who wrestled with God throughout the night to discover in the morning that God was there all the time and he hadn’t known it.

    We may just need to respond to our fears by placing our placing our feet and faith firmly on the ground.


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