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.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.
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Change is saying goodbye to an old, familiar situation and facing a new unfamiliar situation. Sometimes it’s not the old or the new that unnerves us, it’s the time in between. Ronnie Kaye, author of Spinning Straw into Gold and two time breast cancer survivor says “ In life when one door closes another always opens, but the hallways are a bitch.” That is how change works, it usually begins with a door closing, an ending, a completion, a loss, a death.
Then we enter an uncomfortable period, mourning this completion and living in uncertainty of what is next. This period of uncertainty is hard. But just when we feel we can’t take it anymore, something new emerges: a reintegration, a reinvestment, a new beginning. A door opens. If you fight change, you will be fighting your whole life. That’s why we need to find a way to embrace change, or at least to accept it.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~ Life Lessons