Tuesday May 31, 2016 #806

“Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”

 ~Neil Gaiman


I enjoy reading stories of men and women who have persevered and found a path to victory and achievement, despite obstacles that would likely stop most of us.  I’m sure you enjoy these too.  But many of you may assume that the victors have some special ability, and an amazing bravery that you wish you possessed.  The reality is that they were just as scared and unsure as you or I would be if we were in their circumstance.  The key is that despite their fears, they pushed through and found a solution or an untapped area of strength that allowed them to do the right thing in that moment.  Often, that courage also comes from a capability derived from practice and/or knowledge.  While we can never be fully prepared for all circumstances, a lifetime spent learning, practicing and experiencing new things gives us a toolbox of capabilities to call upon when needed.  Never stop learning.  Never stop experiencing life.  When the time for bravery comes, you will be more likely to be ready despite your fears.