Wednesday, January 16, 2008


What exactly is courage? Courage is the ability to do what needs to be done, or feel what needs to be felt, in spite of fear. It's the willingness to risk or act even when we are frightened or in pain.

If you want to gain emotional strenght and have more courage, you can. In fact, you already have a great deal of courage. We seldom think much about the courage we exert in simple, "normal" situations: having a baby, going to work day after day, sustaining relationships. It takes courage to fall in love, be honest with ourselves, survive a loss, move away from home, share a fear with a friend, ask for a raise, get a divorce, take on a job that challenges us, grow older, or tell someone when we're angry or hurt. Try writing down a list of things you've done even though you felt afraid. Those were acts of courage. Sometimes just getting up in the morning and proceeding with your life takes tremendous courage.

I hope it is clear by now that we already have courage. Being courageous, and moving towards a fuller realization of our own authentic self, is a natural process. What is it that keeps us from realizing our full, courageous potential? FEAR! What do we fear? We fear the unknown, anything that has been painful for us in the past, or anything that feels different and risky.

(Extracted from THE COURAGE TO BE YOURSELF by Sue Patton Thoele)

So friends, as we have read, we can all be courageous. We just have to get over our fear of the moment. If we want to be stronger people we need to step outside of the box called FEAR and make demands on ourselves to do that which is necessary for us to be whole, strong and courageous beings.

Yours sincerely,
Brenda Aurora

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