Hello, courage.

March 12, 2012

Today I did something difficult. It was difficult, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to heal, grow, and live in freedom.

In the midst of doing what needed to be done, I was surprised that I actually felt calm and at peace. But as soon as I finished what I needed to do, I found myself nervous and anxious. I started second-guessing myself and I wondered if I should regret what I did.

Forty long minutes, 30 troubled thoughts, and 20 deep breaths later, here’s what I realized:

Whenever I do something different or new, I find courage by my side. But for me, courage is like an acquaintance. I don’t know how to deal with courage because I’m not very familiar with it. How do I keep courage around? What do we talk about? How do we move forward?

Fear, on the other hand, is like an old friend. I know fear so well. Fear has been with me for so long, I can hear its voice in my sleep. I know fear better than I know myself. I hear the voice of fear all the time and I always know what it would say in every situation. This is why fear so often rules my life.

But fear has been a terrible friend. It’s done nothing but keep me worried, anxious, and stressed. It has caused me to be silent when I needed to speak up and it has caused me to hide when I needed to step out of the shadows. Fear has kept me stuck. It has deprived me of possibilities and stolen my joy, over and over again.

I need courage. It may not be familiar, but that can change. Just like any friendship, we need to hang out more if I want to get to know courage better. And as much as I want courage to take the lead, sometimes I have to take the first move. It means I have to step out of my comfort zone and take a risk. Sometimes it means I have to be vulnerable as I wait for courage to come around.

Why does courage have to be so difficult? I guess it’s because courage is special. Just a dose of courage can change what seems unchangeable and make everything possible.

Today, I choose courage, and I’ll probably have to choose it over and over again. It could be awkward and things could get ugly…but I have a feeling it’s worth it.

By Liz

Writer, blogger, strategist, communications specialist, doodler, traveler, adventurer, author/illustrator of Art to Feed the Heart, founder of Travelthecity.com, doer of random stuff.

13 Comments

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    M

    Wow 20 deep breaths? That’s pretty intense. I’m praying with you, Liz. Here’s to courage! I’m sure it’s worth it. :)

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      Liz

      It was. ;-) Thanks M! (Intense talaga!)

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    M

    Oh and I’ve also been wanting to send you a link. For my everyday hero, a very courageous, Liz! http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership.html

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      Liz

      awww. :) can’t wait to watch this!

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    Ro

    Great entry, Liz! :) I, too, find myself hanging out with my old, bad friend fear. Time to get to know Courage better.

    1. Reply

      Liz

      Thanks Ro! :)

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    Danahshing

    Woah, ngaun ko lang sya nabasa.Sorry Coach Liz, busy these days, hehe.. But I’m glad you’re writing again(na-miss kooo toooo!!!! sooobra!!!)..

    Hello Courage! haha, naala2 ko tuloy yung cartoon favorite ko dati, c Courage the cowardly dog, wehehe..He’s really nervous about everything, mabilis sya ma-frighten. But when it comes to situations na kailangan nya magrisk at magsacrifice, he always says: “Things I do for Love”..hehe

    you’re right Coach Liz, fear has always been our friend, but courage? palaging bago.. Fear teaches us to be result-conscious, but courage molds our character ;-) Love this much! I’m proud of you Coach Liz!!! Miss youuu!!! mwah! ;*

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      Liz

      “Fear teaches us to be result-conscious, but courage molds our character” — I like that! :) I’m so proud of YOU, Danah! :)

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    Christian Pinoys

    And I think I would agree that fear has always been around, it knows my every move. This is a great encouragement! Somedays we just have to step out and take the risk, it’s worth it! Than forever regret what was left undone. God bless!

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      Liz

      “Somedays we just have to step out and take the risk, it’s worth it! Than forever regret what was left undone.” — You nailed it! :)

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    Vir Antonio

    Hi,

    It’s normal to fear doing something but we have to have the faith to overcome it. God’s promises are always true in our life esp. in the areas we are not confident about –

    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

    Be blessed!

    Vir

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