The word courage has come up for me a lot lately. With myself as I continuously tackle my fears, and with my monkeys. It seems to me that life is full of opportunities to "show up" and that anxiety or fear of the unknown is always right there either full blown or just under the surface. Anything that we do in life that is new and untested requires courage, in my opinion. This weekend, as an example, courage got my son to wakeboard at the river and go for a midnight swim (this is a boy who is obsessed with the tv show "River Monsters". Courage applies as my daughter embarks on unfamiliar territory as she begins her second week of high school. As for me, it's tackling fears, challenging the "self doubt" that creeps in from time to time and now being afraid of failure. A quote that has always resonated with me is , "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." by Neale Donald Walsch. I find it fascinating that we would "choose" to be uncomfortable at all. BUT, as we all know we will never know what we can overcome until we try. Trying involves a bit of uneasiness and it also involves a whole lot of courage.
In closing, a quote from the infectious and endearing Cowardly Lion, from the Wizard of Oz, " Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty must? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? Courage! What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got? Courage! So, what would you do if you had no fear? If you were given a big boost of courage in your own life? Climb a mountain, call a friend who you have had a falling out with, tell someone you love them, start your own business, be completely yourself, speak your mind without fear of rejection, let someone "in"? Love more, live more, BE more. You have it (courage)inside already, just as in the case of the Cowardly Lion, all that is required of you now is that you just have to believe. <3