Courage is when you do something
as you follow your Heart in every way
regardless of what others may think or do
and when you do
Waterfalls of Victory
cascade over you.
(Yes this is the first image of the Crocus that I used digital art with.)
These words you just read were birthed from a situation recently in my Life that brought claws of fear gnawing at my stomach. It took many days for me to wrestle that fear down to the ground so courage could rise to the occasion, assisting me to do what I knew was the Higher Way.
For some of you, especially those who are new to Petals Unfolding or who do not know me very well, you may think that the words I write for my publishings are just that, words I write. They are, yes, yet they are so much more then this. For you see, they are created directly from my Life Experiences. I walk my talk and by doing so, I “hear” words that describe what I am walking at that moment which many times leave me running for my yellow legal pad of paper and pen. These words do have a way of coming sometimes when I am very involved in something with my Life. This is Source’s way of keeping me on my toes, I suppose (smile).
For several days after I wrote this post, I deeply thought what courage means to me. Over those days, I recorded my thoughts in Memo on my phone (yes I do know how to do that as well!). As the thoughts came no matter where I was, I was ready with my phone.
Below are some of my definitions of courage I have learned from my own Life’s Walk. How do you define being courageous in your own Life?
Courage is standing up to someone who I know detests me, resists me, or disrespects me. In standing up to them, I do not loose my integrity and dignity.
Courage is refusing to compromise my own sense of self-worth.
Courage is Living my convictions and beliefs.
Courage is getting involved to help someone even when I really don’t know how that person will respond. I do this only when my Heart directs me to do so.
Courage is not compromising who I am in a world who puts so much pressure on me to be someone other than who I am.
Courage is walking 5.5 miles on very hilly terrain when my pain level is high that day.
Courage is finishing what I myself started even if that means putting most of my dreams on hold (for now).
Courage is staying married to a Vietnam Vet who still has so many PTSD related problems.
Courage is speaking the truth to someone who I know will not accept that truth and who in turn will respond in a retaliating matter. I refuse to lie.
Courage is choosing honesty over deception even when it is safer to lie.
Courage is staying calm in times when I want to give in to fear and scream until hoarse.
Courage is taking care of other people’s outside animals due to those people’s blatant neglect of them.
Courage is taking care of all our cats each and every day especially on those days I wake up feeling as tired as I felt when I went to bed the night before.
Courage is daring to be different in a world that does not take kindly to different.
Courage is having the ability and the strength to look inward to heal my wounds that have been carried for a long time that need to be let go of.
Courage is opening my heart to be vulnerable to someone who I am not even sure will embrace my vulnerability.
Courage is going through with something even when I have sweat on my brow from sheer terror and my stomach is in knots ready to blow. I do it because I know it is the right thing to do.
Courage is making a decision outside of the box, one the world will be screaming I am wrong! Yet I still make that decision because it is my decision as I firmly believe this is for my best interest.
MF Macro Without Tripod Photography/Digital Art/ “Courage” 2016©AmyRose