To Be Brave

What does it mean to be brave...To have courage? 

I’ve been thinking a lot about courage and bravery; wondering what it means to be brave. I’m sure different people have different definitions, but as I search inside of myself I realize that to me being brave means being willing to listen and respond to that little truth bell that rings so clearly in my soul. We all have one of those bells, unfortunately it is way too easy in the world of distractions to pretend that we don’t. Being brave is hard and scary... I guess that’s why it takes courage. (:

truthBeing brave doesn’t take some grand action, like rushing into a burning building. I think just moving closer and closer to your deepest truth every day is HUGE act of courage. And so I do...each day I try to be:

Brave enough to speak what needs to be spoken with clarity and love; even if it will be unpopular.

Brave enough to reveal my heart and soul even when it goes against the status quo.

Brave enough to have the audacity to be completely in love with my body, even though it doesn’t fit into the marketed ideal of perfection.

Brave enough to fly in the face of convention and actually be real and raw – no masks.

children being kindBrave enough to be an everyday saint. A good friend, Fr. Greg Comella, once told me that there are everyday saints everywhere, quietly making a difference, in their small ways...choosing to be kind and good and have healthy boundaries with love. They go un-applauded but still remain committed to the call of their soul.

Brave enough to override my scaredy-cat ego and just do good things and say good things every day...without worrying about disappointing or being rejected or being shut down.

Brave enough to live impeccably in a world that prefers deception and illusions.

Brave enough to always love just one more time... and one more time again.

beargirlTrue bravery and courage deserve to be applauded... What are the different ways that you are brave? Or want to be brave? ...whatever they are, I applaud you.

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.”
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
― Mark Twain