At the beginning of this year I decided to be in the world fully- with all I am, all I have and all I do. I instinctively knew that there would be some wobbles, some strides I would take in the deep water of my life. I also anticipated tears, joy and laughter accompanying me.
As our friendship is still developing I am learning so much about her! She is a gentle friend at times, a fierce and loyal supporter at other times. I know that she is always there.
Writing my book, expressing my feelings fully, rebuilding my relationships, building bridges instead of walls, showing who I am, standing up for what is right is a vulnerable place to be. Only courage could keep me growing because courage holds the hands of vulnerability.
I can see and feel now that courage is not always physical bravery. Life constantly calls us to manifest different types of courage- ranging from physical strength and endurance to mental and emotional stamina and even innovation. As I reflected on some of the ways I have been living with courage this year, this is what I gathered. Some of my favourite quotes sum up what I have been befriending lately.
As my friends, I am asking you to call me on when you see me wobbling. Remind me of what I am losing by staying in a fearful place. Hold my hand when I tremble. Remind me of my courage, mainly when I cannot see it myself.
In gratitude, Henrietta
- Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear — Nelson Mandela
- Following Your Heart
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. — Soren Kierkegaard
- Persevering in the Face of Adversity
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. — Mary Anne Radmacher
- Standing Up For What Is Right
From caring comes courage. — Lao Tzu
- Expanding Your Horizons; Letting Go of the Familiar
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. — Lord Chesterfield
- Facing Suffering with Dignity and Faith.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. — Aristotle
A man of courage is also full of faith. — Marcus Tullius Cicero