I’ve always believed that life is meant for trying new things. What is the point of living if you’re not willing to embrace new experiences? That includes being open to new ideas and ways of life. In order to make the most of life, we should strive to experience as much as possible with our short time here. That often means facing our fears, and indeed, I have never been one to let my fears dictate my life.
On the topic of courage, openness, and fear, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
Courage and openness go hand in hand. Our courage helps us to take the risk to “try the new.” When we are fearful, we only see one way, our way. Courage opens the way for new possibilities.
As we face our fears, we find that we are endowed with a level of courage that we never knew existed. Fortunately, we do not have to be a hero to demonstrate courage. We have many possibilities every day to act courageously. It takes courage to germinate and put forth new ideas. It takes courage to stand up for what we know in our hearts is right. Sometimes it even takes courage to take a nap.
Self-care takes a great deal of courage. As does saying no, being truthful with yourself and others (especially when what you have to say will hurt them), and a whole slew of other things I still am working on today. The one that stands out to me which I would most like to accomplish in myself is having the courage to stand up for what I know is right. It’s so much easier to remain silent than to challenge someone, but those unsaid words weigh heavily on my heart even long after the moment has passed. I want to change this, to have the courage to speak my mind even in the face of confrontation. After all, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.