“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” William Faulkner
Whether you are feeling weak or courageous today, remember, that there is very little difference between the two states of being. Both have fear. It is said that the coward listens to his fears and becomes frozen by them and/or controlled by them. The courageous person puts them aside and pushes through or meanders around the obstacles and refuses to be ruled by dread.
Courage is strength to face pain, grief and anxiety and to act with valour and unashamed assault. It doesn’t mean fearlessness, because fearlessness can lead to reckless abandon and therefore real danger, but it means confronting the unknown in spite of fears. Understand the difference between apprehension and the irrational triggers of fear. Fear confines us, keeps us ‘stuck in the mud’, and limits our ability to grow and to experience a harmonious life-style.
When we feel threatened, vulnerable, and fragile or weakened, FEAR rises like a powerful, comic-book monster ready to disarm us and carry us off emotionally on a trail of negativity and hopelessness. Doubt and false assumptions set in – weakening us more and more. Sometimes we have to face immense fear in our lives especially if we leave the shore of our personal safety and shelter.
However, fear is not tangible nor is it visible, but it does exist in our minds. We bring it to life and then act upon it and out of it – often to dire consequences for ourselves and those around us.
Fear is an emotion – a distressing one at that. But it is just an emotion, caused by threat, real or imagined. And it is felt in many, many forms. Fear of spaces, heights, social situations, commitment, spiders, the future…..and it is so potent at times that it can cause us to become confused, illogical, and anxious. Acting out of fear can also become habitual and can cause us to spiral downwards whenever we are confronted by something that hurts us or that we don’t understand.
Ironically we can bring our fears to life. Many times fear is simply a decision. And courage is the warrior to annihilate it. The question is how?
Shun your fears by believing in your strength and abilities. Believe in yourself. Make peace with your world and those around you, so that you do not create stories in your head and create angst based on false assumptions. Trust your senses, your intuition. By doing this you will know naturally the path to follow. Many fears are born of fatigue. Be Mindful. Rest.
And know this…..too busy a life can breed fear of failure, because it is simply impossible to achieve all that you want to do immediately.
And do remember, we all possess the trait of courage inherently. It comes from deep within. All we have to do is muster it and set it to the wind.
x Annemaree x
‘Courage’ features on the meditation App ‘Insight Timer’. Courage…
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