It’s easy to give in to our fears. It takes courage to push past fear and do something despite being afraid. To speak up. To put ourselves out there. To take a leap of faith. Being honest with the people we love takes great courage. We fear rejection, pain, and heartbreak. What fun is life if we don’t take any chances? If we cower meekly rather than boldly live our truths, is that something we can live with?
On the topic of courage versus fear, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“I wonder if it’s possible to be in touch with our true courageousness without being in touch with our spirituality? We know how to be foolhardy. We know how to take risks. We even know how to put ourselves on the line.
But do we know how to soar through the tempering fires of our fear, reach deep into our spirit, and find the courage that is there? Do we have the courage for the dailiness of life? Can we admit a mistake and not give in to the luxury of self-castigation? Do we have the courage to be honest about who we really are with those we love? Do we have the courage to return a bad piece of meat to the butcher, or do we just grumble?
When we face our fears and let ourselves know our connection to the power that is in us and beyond us, we learn courage.”
It takes great courage to face down our fears and do the things that scare us. I, for one, often grumble rather than confront someone or speak up. I care so much about what others think that I’d rather suffer and be miserable than risk the rejection of someone thinking ill of me or disliking me. But here’s the thing—we can’t be liked by everybody! We have no right to complain if we aren’t even willing to be brave enough to do something about it, to say something.
Courage comes from within. It is an inner power we channel based on our connection to ourselves and the world around us. In this sense, it comes from the same place as our spirituality. It is both within and without. There is a higher power in all of us that is connected to the universe which we can call on at any time. The more we connect to and call upon it, the easier it becomes. We establish patterns of behavior that reinforce our decisions of the past. The more we let fear dictate our behavior, the more the control fear has over us grows. The more we overcome fear to be courageous, the stronger our courage. As always, the choice is ours.