courageLife shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.  Anais Nin

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.  We may often think of courage as something that is attributed to heroes because they have done something we might define as spectacular while facing danger, but to me, this definition speaks to the various ways in which we are courageous every single day.  Through my coaching business, I know people who are presently having a difficult time due to life circumstances and they tell me that they are just able to put one foot in front of the other.  They wake up in the morning, gathering up their mental strength, withstanding fear or difficulty, and do what needs to be done.  Courage requires action.

Brene Brown, writes in her best-selling book The Gifts of Imperfection: Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.  Courage requires faith.

The-Thing-You-Cannot-DoThis past April I was in Denver at a Hay House event with Dr. Wayne Dyer and he recommended Bonnie Ware’s book Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.  Two of the regrets that Bonnie revealed from her research include people’s wish that they had more courage – to express their feelings and to live a life true to themselves (not the life others expected for them).  Think about that for a moment, you are dying and you are reflecting on your life wishing you had faced your fears by expressing your feelings more and by living authentically

This week consider the word courage and what it means to you.  How do you go about your day/week,  doing what needs to be done, despite fear or difficulties in your life?

PS… Are you wondering what Bonnie’s book outlined as the three other regrets of the dying?  They are:  not working so hard, staying in touch with friends, and allowing more happiness.

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One Response to “Courage”

  1. mmillernh August 22, 2013 10:24 am #

    For another blog on Courage… check out Andrea’s… she inspired me to write about courage:

    Make an amazing, courageous day everyone.

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