Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

Do you remember when you learned how to ride a bike? The determination and anxiety all rolled into one that propelled you, with no training wheels, to take to the street in a way that you never had before. That is courage. Courage does not grab a hold of us and shake us in our boots, but rather, it gathers steam and makes us have the strength to overcome fear, anxiety, and doubt. It allows us to “do it anyway,” regardless of the negative consequences. If you are able to push through all that uneasiness, on a teetering two-wheeler, you have what it takes to bolster the courage inside of you to keep going, keep trying, and keep doing. Overcoming the feeling of apprehension, coupled with determination, produce courage. For each one of us, the place in our heart and mind that produces courage is different and it may not be a feeling we have innately but if we learn to embrace it, a feeling of success and power can be found.

Using our courage in everyday life can make itself evident in many ways. From large leaps, like deciding to look for a new job that fulfills your life’s passion or leaving a relationship that doesn’t bring out your best self. To smaller steps, like painting a room a color that might be out of your comfort zone or learning a new sport that you always wanted to try. The fact is that it may take courage to do any of those things. Once you have made a courageous decision, the path to manifest that decision will be revealed for you to follow and other courageous decisions may be easier to make.