Courage is ...

I made a commitment at the beginning of 2016 to live from a one-word resolution this year. And the word I chose was courage. It’s been a while since I provided an update, so at over three quarters of the way through, here are some of my learnings thus far.

I'm finding that courage is:

  • Being willing to take responsibility for my own internal world and how that impacts on the world around me
  • Improvisation (aka just making it up)
  • The willingness to sacrifice my ego and perceived ideal to discover the real me
  • Saying 'yes' to the things that make me mildly anxious
  • Saying 'no' to the things that I don't value or aren't prioritising
  • Taking calculated risks
  • Feeling fear but choosing to act
  • Not having the answer/s. And admitting it.
  • Sitting with suffering (my own and that of others)
  • Some days it is getting out of bed
  • Some days it is going to bed on time
  • Doing things I haven't done before, like going on a date sober or initiating contact with someone I idolise
  • Persistence
  • Really personal
  • Following my own path
  • Being kind to myself
  • Letting go of the expectations of others
  • Small gestures or actions that happen every single day
  • Saying 'I love you'. When it matters. Which is often
  • Being vulnerable
  • Asking for help, whether it be to transport a dressing table or advise on a major life decision
  • Surprising
  • Accepting my imperfections
  • Accepting the imperfections of others
  • Forgiveness
  • Letting go of the need to 'get it right'
  • Admitting what I really want or what I really need
  • Rebelling against the 'standard response' or 'reaction' and being genuine and authentic
  • Prioritising myself
  • Really hard to measure
  • A muscle or a skill. It takes practice and stuff ups in order to strengthen and master.

    “Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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