In the beginning, when you were born, there was no feeling of cowardice; there was only the original you – the brave-hearted you – acting courageously.
A coward listens to his fears and reacts accordingly, whereas the brave of heart, the courageous, goes forward valiantly in spite of feeling fearful. When you were an infant, just born, you courageously took on very different world than the world you lived in while in mom’s very comfy womb (very comfy room).
Courage is simply a matter of handling the unknown, in spite of all the fears that come with going beyond one’s comfort zone. As an infant, you were a stunning example of being courageous, of living through your heart, which is always ready for another adventure.
And then what happened? As a developing child, you learned to think with your head. You were taught to believe that pleasing others and looking good was more important than moving ahead. You began accumulating memories of past failures and subsequent feelings of disappointment because others would frown and scold you. Now the real problems began.
The art of living courageously requires taking on challenges consciously, knowing that risk is necessary to help you grow. There are three rules that comes with living courageously:
Never do things just to please others.
Dare to be yourself; dare to be the natural brave-hearted self that you were when you stepped out of your mom’s womb into this large room that we call planet earth.
Respect your original self by taking the advice of your heart, especially when your head screams, “NO!”
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller.
Dare to make your life a daring adventure; dare to dance like nobody’s looking.