We’re moving through a sobering time. A time of loss, grief, and change. We’re re-building our lives in new ways, in a world as it’s never been before.
We’ve evaluated what’s important in our lives. We’ve gained clarity about our priorities. We understand more deeply what we truly cherish.
Re-building takes courage.
“What makes a king out of a slave?
What makes the flag on the mast to wave?
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk?
What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the ‘ape’ in apricot?
What have they got that I ain’t got?”
Where Does It Begin?
And in the midst of our life blueprint, we encounter pain, loss, disappointment, frustration, and betrayal. Every day we are asked, “So how would you like to respond to this?” The learning curve is often higher than we imagined it could be.
“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”
The Value of Fear
“Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.” Hannah Arendt
“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke
Fear signals that we need safety; we need a refuge in the risk, the loss, the storm. And finding safety means accessing courage.
Courage Is Not The Absence Of Fear
“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.” Alice Mackenzie Swaim
The Essential Ingredient to Activate Courage
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the think which you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Courage requires trust. Trust in yourself, trust in the life process, trust in a higher wisdom, trust in those from whom you receive support, encouragement, insight, and guidance.
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security I the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” Alan Cohen
One final consideration –