courage.

courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear — Nelson Mandela

You’ve felt it haven’t you?

In the middle of the night it jolts you awake. When you least expect it, it comes creeping up on you. Someone tells you something that triggers it in an instant. Your heart and mind wait for it.  You do everything you can or at least you think you do, but it still arrives.

Fear.

A four letter word I’m all too familiar with. And I bet you might be too.

I chose to run and hide from it for years. Until I realized that as hard as it was, pushing through the fear was really what I needed. I would have never discovered the extent of my strength, my tenacity and the power one feels when you push yourself to be brave; to muster the courage you know is there…deep down.

There’s a single post it note that is taped to my computer screen these days.

Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you.

So whatever it is, whatever the fear has been keeping from you- use the courage within your heart and soul and run towards it. Is it a dream job? A new relationship? A deeper spirituality? A long awaited for but yet attained dream?

Because you know what? Following your heart, having perseverance in the face of adversity, taking a risk and pushing yourself into the unknown IS SO WORTH IT.

Face the fear.

Exercise courage.

And be ready to discover and learn more than you could have ever imagined.

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