Bravery, It's what defines us. (Is it?)
What is it that defines you? Have you thought about it? Do you know?
Bravery is like many other descriptive words we encounter in our lives, it has many different meanings, often varying from person to person. The power of the word is in the “eye of the beholder”. Yet, bravery does connote action. One might feel brave, but without outward evidence, the observer might not perceive what they see as bravery. (A lack of action, when called to action, might in fact be defiance – in which case would then be action.) But I digress. I am discussing here our actions in our daily lives and how we believe we are defined. How does the world perceive us and how do we want to be perceived? What kind of mark would you like to make on this world? By asking these questions of ourselves, maybe we can identify areas in our lives that we would like to change, (or those areas that need to be changed).
Once we believe change is needed, we then have a choice: to do something in order to bring about change and the desired results, or to do nothing. Making the decision to step forward in the new direction often requires new energy. Fortitude of will is necessary to continue in the direction of change. To see change manifest in our lives requires a series of steps of actions taken, and I believe this requires the fuel of courage and persistence. This is in fact bravery. And ultimately bravery comes to us all, in one form or another.
Do you have areas in your life that you would like to change or that you know, with deep conviction, you should change? Now is a good time focus on these areas and identify if you have the strength to match your courage and bring about the change you desire yourself. If so, do it. Be bold and move forward. Make your actions count. However, if you feel as though change is important and you know that you have a need to do something different in your life, but you are just not sure how; then seek the help of others with the energy you do have, and talk with them about your desire to change and your need for guidance to accomplish it. Seeking the help of others does take courage as well. Be bold. Don’t hold yourself back. Do it for you. In the end, you’ll be glad you did. —FR