There will always be times in our lives when we are called on to act from a place of courage. Some of us will rise to the occasion and do it because we feel that we "must". Something deep inside of us, some force, moves us, pushes us to continue even in the face of our fear because we could not go on otherwise.
Other times courage will be called for, and we will stick our tail between our legs and try to slip back into bed and hide under the covers, hoping that no one notices that we're phoning it in.
If you really look deeply enough, you can find how each and every situation that the universe sends our way calls for some kind of courage, be it great or small. Perhaps it's just the simple courage of facing another day, and other times life may require us to muster a much deeper courage and face some of our most hidden fears.
While I believe we are all instinctually equipped with what I would call "necessary courage," or grit, there is another kind I refer to as "courageous force."
Courageous force is an invisible but almost superhuman emotional strength that comes up during those times when we feel a calling for change and no rational part of us can justify setting that change in motion.
No matter how comfortable we are, no matter how many excuses we think of, and no matter what anyone else says or thinks about a situation, courageous force is the drive that bubbles up and demands that we make the necessary changes that we know are needed deep in our souls.
Everyday, people all across the world are acting on courageous force and taking back control over their own happiness and that takes balls. I'm just sayin'.
I'm usually the one who is inspired by that person, but this time, I am that person.
I'm not too precious to admit that my life isn't always a glittering disco ball of joy...I've had my share of strife, especially over the past two or three years, and while it felt like life was forcing me into a game of involuntary dodgeball, I knew somewhere deep down that it was all leading to something better.
I've finally learned that peace, purpose and satisfaction are far more valuable than money, and that the hardest and most fulfilling work you can ever do is the work you do on and for yourself. I've learned that the only approval I need is my own, and even though I may need occasional reminders, I never forget that if something feels off to me that means it's out my integrity to do it.
We've all heard time and time again that if you follow your passion, you will always be successful. If you do what you love, success will follow. I used to think that was an idealistic adage that happy, successful people packaged and spit back out for those of us who are a little more "realistic." However, now I know deep down that it's true.
Success is following the wind of your courageous force and being willing to put yourself out there, even on a limb, to make your own dreams come true. It's about taking back the helm of your own life and steering your own course.
At the end of the day it doesn't matter what the result is, but it's the process, the force itself, and the actual courage to live your truth that will change you and your life for the better.
So this post is for every single human being out there who is attempting to do that. Maybe you'll fail epically or maybe you will find wild success, but either way it's your courage that I salute.
My challenge to everyone this week would be to find and celebrate the ways in which you have been courageous. Remember that courage isn't about doing something amazing and it doesn't have a damn thing to do with outcomes. It's all about passion, heart, and having the guts to "follow your bliss" as Joseph Campbell would say.
Maybe it took immense courage just to wake up today and face whatever was waiting for you once you stepped out of bed. Maybe it took courage to tell someone how you felt, to be honest about it and to not be sure how that would be received. Maybe you actually kind of opted out and did decide to sleep it out, phone it in, and pretend like none of it was happening. Even that takes a special kind of courage.
Perhaps your courage was just having your own back and reminding yourself that whatever life throws at you next, that you are well-equipped to deal with it because you are in fact a physical manifestation of a bottomless pit of courage.
You all remember what John Wayne said about this right?
"Real courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
― John Wayne