Courage

courageCourage is one of those things that comes in all shapes and sizes.  It could come in the form of breaking out of your comfort zone to try something new, facing a fear head on, making the decision to do something that you know is the right thing to do even though it will be difficult, or just being able to put one foot in front of the other and make it through another day.

It could also be starting a new chapter in your life, without knowing what lies ahead or how it will turn out.  There are, after all, no guarantees in life.  We never know if something is going to lead to success or failure, but we need to be willing to try anyway and take our chances.  If we look at it as either we will be successful or we will learn something and grow as a person, perhaps that makes it a little easier.

Some people seem to have a lot more courage than others and are willing to try anything and everything, even if it means risking their lives either for the thrill of it or maybe because it’s a necessary part of the job.  For the rest of us, it’s not always that easy.  However, we need courage in order to grow.  One quote I see pretty frequently is, “You can’t discover new oceans unless you have the courage to leave the shore.”  Not everyone wants to discover new oceans and may be perfectly content to keep living life exactly as they know it.  It never hurts though to be willing to try something mew and deal with change, rather than live within our comfort zones.  I know I have stepped out of my comfort zone more recently, and it feels good!  And having the courage to stick with certain things, even though they have been challenging, has paid off in the long run.  It’s been a long, winding path to get to where I am, but I see great things ahead of me and am glad I had enough courage to see things through.

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