Courage – “I think I can…!!”

Definition of courage

  1. : mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

noun

  1. the ability to do something that frightens one.
  2. strength in the face of pain or grief.

synonym:  bravery, courageousness, pluck, pluckiness, valor, fearlessness, intrepidity, nervedaringaudacity, boldness, grit, true grit, hardihoodheroismgallantry

Today I found myself struggling a bit with having the faith to keep stepping. Bombarded by fear from the media via Facebook (I do not watch the news), I found myself allowing the scarcity teachings and negative stories to take up space in my heart, soul, and mind. My optimism was a bit weak and in need of a boost!! I turned to my cup of tea, journal and trusty fountain pen. It was another day to explore, to be, to take action, to listen for guidance, and to be humbly grateful for the immense grace that fills my life.

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill

As I let my pen flow upon the page my spirit began to rise.  I knew from within that I was on the right path; there really was no question, just minnie fear monsters tugging on my pajama sleeve, and the inner naysayer quotes knocking on the conscious brain. Word by word the negative limiting thoughts showed up on the page in a rich dark blue, leaving my body/mind/spirit. Courage!! I needed to breathe deeply into courage today. Looking out into the darkness of the early morning a small light from across the river caught my eye, that’s my courage – a bright light in the chaos of our fear driven world.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin”

The above quote arrived in my mind – it is one of my all time favorites, from a courageous woman who truly lived her life vulnerably with authentic truth. I could not go back to living a lie, to walking through my days like a robotic zombie, to role model “giving up”, thus accepting the limitations set by a culture ruled by fear – the thought made my whole body convulse from the inside out.

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I must keep stepping, putting one foot in front of the other with absolute unwavering faith! Holding on tight to the string of the kite I had put up in the wind. Just like a kite that weaves up and down, today was one of those days where I took a wee bit of a dip – I was at choice to pull up so it would catch the wind updraft, or let it drop to the ground. You can bet I am choosing to pull up with all that I have!! I already know very intimately how the ground feels.

I invite you for a moment to think about someone you admire. Think about a person you watch and think, “Wow…I wish I could be like that!” Think about the amazing people who have truly impacted the world and changed life for those around them. As you bring these people to mind, I want you to truly explore, did they wake up one day and make it all happen? Did they never fall down along the path? Did people laugh at them, even throw stones at them, did they get scorned and bullied? These courageous people did not accept limitations, they did not allow the naysayers to have power, they did not give up on what they believed was possible.

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Today we have what we have due to these courageous people. Hmmm.., I wonder what will be created and shared next by the courageous souls of today. Instead of “bad” news, why is there not a news station that celebrates and shares stories about all the amazing people who are making differences and changing life’s every moment? It is happening, everywhere. Acts of courage flourish around the globe in every moment – yet we choose to focus on the actions created by fear. When I was a teenager I fell in love with a song by Anne Murray “A Little Good News” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOR6Vx-Ogbk.

As you listen to the words, ask yourself, have we learned, have we changed, have we found the courage within ourselves to be that change? It is one of my dreams to someday create that “Little Good News” station!!

I ask you how would your life change, how would the world change if we turned our focus to the “Good News”? Could this small change begin to shift us, awaken our courage to go for it? I invite you or actually I challenge you – for one week, turn off the news, choose to listen and watch only positive uplifting songs, movies, shows, etc… For one week, grace your body, mind and spirit to ingest only positive things. Put up a quote board, listen to your favorite songs, and read about a person who totally inspires you…you get the idea. At the end of this time check in, how do you feel, what is your outlook on life, how are you treating others?

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney

Nothing great was ever manifested by choosing the easy well worn path. Now I do believe it can be easy, but that is another blog story for another day. Today I choose COURAGE! I take a very deep breath that says, “I can, I will, I am!!” As a young child my favorite book was “The Little Engine That Could” and “The Lorax” who wisely stated, Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  I think I can and I am someone who cares a whole awful lot!! Carpe Diem (look that one up)!!

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