Courage is defined as the “quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc… without fear.” I’ve always preferred the John Wayne definition “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” Either way, courage is defined by the ability to rise up regardless of what you might be facing and move forward. It’s the ability to tell fear that it does not have the final say in your life. It’s the steadfast persuasion that what lies on the other side of your obstacle, fear or circumstance is far greater than the pain you may have to endure.
Let’s face it, living life takes courage.
It takes courage to wake up in the morning not knowing what your day will hold.
It takes courage to make friends.
It takes courage to step out.
It takes courage to try something new.
It takes courage to pursue freedom.
It takes courage to love.
Being yourself… I mean, fully yourself… takes courage.
It’s easy to remain in the safe cocoon of familiar. Familiar is comfortable. Familiar is known. Familiar is… well… familiar.
Familiar can also be motivated by fear and can often be the very thing that is keeping you from your dreams and from becoming all that you were intended to be.
Lies can be familiar. Hurt can be familiar. Loneliness can be familiar. Self-hatred can be familiar.
Any number of things that are detrimental to our very existence can be familiar and in some strange way can appear “safe”.
You were meant for more than safe and familiar, my love! You were meant to fly; to soar above the clouds of self-doubt. You were meant for adventure; discovering new worlds. You were meant for love; to be free and unashamed.
Don’t settle for familiar. Take courage, my love.
Take a deep breath, take the first step… there’s more than you can imagine awaiting you on the other side.
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man [or woman] takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”