Thursday, March 28, 2013

finding courage




Some days, things just seem awful scary and overwhelming. The closer you get to things that really matter, the easier it is to invent fears that can stop you.

Yesterday, I woke up to face things (that weren't threatening) which made me inexplicably nervous. Courage is not about not being afraid, but rather about facing up to your fears and forging ahead.

The thing is, even though we are afraid that something won't turn out the way we want, or that it might go incredibly wrong, or that we might be hurt by it … the truth is that we can make it through. We have before.

We are strong. We are resilient. We are smart enough to figure out what to do next. Failure does not have to stop us... as long as we are brave enough to keep trying, to risk ourselves, to do what really matters no matter what the outcome might be.

Bravery is how we overcome those odds. And every time we are brave, every time we conquer that fear, we get a little step closer to being the person we want to be. And every time we take that difficult step, we make the next brave step that much easier. I would much rather be in the habit of facing my fears straight on than hiding from them. Turning off the light. Pulling the blanket up over my head.

Being brave gets you a lot farther in life.

When's the last time you were faced with an opportunity to be brave and do something you knew was the best thing to do? How did you overcome your fears and find your courage?

22 comments:

  1. Great insight. The last couple of years have really taken me out of my comfort zone and I have been able to experience new things. I think I am still learning each day to face my fears rather than avoiding them.

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  2. This is so true. I'm terrible for getting stressed over simple things, I have my daughters birthday and a short break coming up, my only way of coping is to make list after list! Love your blog bit has a lovely feel to it. If you would like to visit me I'm at http://www.astartemoonblog.com/, blessings, Alison

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate your perspective. I'm a list'er, too -- but every time I cross off something, 2 more tasks get added. :)

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  3. nice blog. interested in visiting and following my blog?
    I will be happy to do the same for you.
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    1. Thank you, Irfan -- I will reciprocate the follow!

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  4. I'm actually going through this right now. Quitting my job and staying home with my daughter, watching a little girl in my home for way less than I currently make. Terrifying but a smart choice, and it'll save us money in a lot of areas!
    Following you on Bloglovin!

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  5. I have plenty of fears and I always do the "What If" thing in my head. But I would rather try my hardest and take chance than sit and wonder about all the what ifs..

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  6. It is always interesting what some people find scary that others do not. I can walk up to a total stranger and make conversation, but my birthday party is next weekend and I am terrified of all those loved ones being in the same room. What if I let them down? Thanks for sharing your story.

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  7. I really love this. Though provoking! I am blessed to be your newest follower!!

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    1. No, I am the one who's blessed to be connecting with you -- thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a new follower of you.

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    1. You're a jewel -- thank you! I will reciprocate the follow shortly. I appreciate you.

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  9. I had to overcome all of my fears that my family would hate me forever or not support my marriage while I was so young, but in my heart it was what I wanted and I gathered up all of the courage I had and told them and it was the best thing ever. Now I'm happily married and loving my life!

    Http://apronsandanchors.blogspot.com

    Here's to continuing to check out your blog! :)

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  10. I am ALWAYS anxious over silly things and really am working to stop that. It is a hard habit to break but anxiety is no fun!

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  11. This is a wonderfully inspiring post, thank you for writing it.

    And what fear have I conquered? The last time I did something big (or significant) was almost 2 years ago when I decided to leave a well paying job working for my mother to move almost 2 states away and be a WAHM for a lot less money. It was freeing - and had I stayed where I was I would be miserable now, and quite possibly no longer be married - this was so worth it!

    And thank you for visiting me from the hops. I have you followed via Blogloving and GFC, hopefully you did the same when you visited my blog at: MyImperfect.com

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  12. Great post! Like Sam, I live in a perpetual state of anxiety...how Ive made it this far, I'm sure I shall never know. Thanks for sharing the courage.
    Darly

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  13. Great quote! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm already a follower :)

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  14. I love the C.S, Lewis quote. He is one of my favorite authors. I would have to say that I tend to have to be sometimes with my job. I know I had to be super brave last week.

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  15. Hi Mandi, this is really beautiful. I just love quotes, and I love your perspective, I think it's courageous to write about courage.

    Thanks for stopping by The Alchemist. I'm your new follower!

    Melissa @ The Alchemist

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  16. I often hide under the blankets. I am brave when really needed (I am a mom), but when it comes to little everyday nuisances I am very anxious. Thanks for this lovely message!! Aloha ... Following you via Bloglovin.
    Stop by whenever you like and share some love!
    xoxo
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose
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  17. Aloha hun! Following you via Bloglovin.
    Stop by whenever you like and share some love!
    xoxo
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose
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I am incredibly grateful for your comment! I will respond as soon as possible. XOXO, Mandi

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