“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ―Maya Angelou
Bravery is Fundamental
Everything we do begins with courage. Honesty takes courage. Acceptance takes courage. Commitment takes courage. We walk through our days taking small brave actions, practicing caring for our loved ones, and persevering on projects when we can’t be assured of the outcome, and we rarely—if ever—take the time to notice our own mundane bravery.
For much of my life, I have struggled with severe anxiety, and I tend to think of myself as a fearful person. And yet, I seem to keep doing things anyway—writing books, caring for my family, starting a business. You’re doing amazing things, too, and you probably don’t even think about it.
Action Cures Fear
Writing, making art, or creating anything takes courage. Every time we face the page, we are accepting our own limitations and daring to make a mark in the world. It’s perfectly ordinary, but it is also perfectly brave. As Margaret Atwood wrote, “A word after a word after a word is power.” I always notice when I feel afraid, but I rarely ever take the time to feel powerful and brave once I have challenged my fear and done something. This week, I hope you’ll take a moment to notice your own bravery.