Courage

Revive Your Valiant Warrior

Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.
— Brene' Brown

Have you ever felt like staying in bed and pulling the covers over your head so you could hide from the world?

I confess this is exactly what I’ve done and more than once. It was my answer to escape what I thought was threatening me.  Something out there I just couldn’t bear dealing with.  The disappointing thing is, that my hiding didn’t bring me relief at all.  It only added fuel to the part of me that was feeling vulnerable & weak.

Avoiding or hiding from the things in Life that make me feel sad or uncomfortable has always led me to a sort of self-loathing and disconnect. Rather than experiencing relief, I found the energy of my feelings actually intensified under my denial.

Through my Coaching work with others, I’ve learned I am not alone in wrestling with this feeling of doubt.

Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one.

Or the strength we demonstrate in the face of pain or grief. 

The next time you consider checking out ~why not make a decision to be seen and trust your Valiant Warrior to show up?

There have been times while acknowledging my fear or despondent heart, I chose to move forward. And though my actions may have appeared less than graceful . . . I survived.  

In fact, taking that shaky step forward empowered me and filled me with self-respect. When you find yourself getting called to the front lines of your own battle, you are at a turning point of decision.

You can either forge forward to experience Victory or hide in the trees, living in regret. 

There is a Valiant Warrior in each of us. It is our brave fighter who demonstrates our strength and determination. It is our true grit, the keeper of our moxie. Let’s celebrate together the glory of our courage!  

Ponder This:  
When have you been empowered by stepping forward rather than running?

If you so choose, please share your experience in the comments below!

Stuck in the Solution

Jani McCarty Rainbow Provo UT
Unhappiness is not a sin; it is an opportunity to be truthful and to heal.
— Robert Holden

Let’s just think about that for a moment. A common belief for many is that if we are unhappy ~ there is surely something wrong with us.

Or we have the belief that living unhappily is a place of exile where we’ve been forced to exist. We are victims. Someone, something, some situation or circumstance has robbed us of our ability to be happy.

At the very least we think this lonely wretched place is our punishment for somehow not knowing or Being enough!

Poppycock!

What if this way of thinking ~ this perpetuated belief ~ simply wasn’t true?

In my Life whenever I’ve felt unhappy, I was usually stuck in thinking about the past & hung up on the “if only’s” and “poor me’s”. I was fixed in a pattern of blaming something outside of me for my emotional state.  

It wasn’t until I got sick & tired of being sick & tired, that I became open to seeing the true source of my unhappiness.

The cool thing is that when I was open, I could also be honest. 

“And the truth shall set you free.”

By letting go of my hold on my negative beliefs that made me feel powerless, I stopped holding others responsible for my feelings. 

PONDER THIS: 

When has your awareness of Being unhappy been the key to unlocking your solution?