Life 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.
This 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.
The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That's where you need to go.
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Power of our Light
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
― Brené Brown
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1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD-- Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. DON'T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY -- Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
3. DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS -- Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST -- Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.