March: Be Brave

March 04, 2017

Is this that bridge over troubled waters?  

There are lots of phobias with names.  I'm afraid of heights and small spaces.  True story.  Our family visited New York City and climbed the stairs of the Statue of Liberty.  (Note to self:  You don't need to go to the top of the crown.  It's a tiny space and nothing to take a picture of.  Stop at the observation deck and take a look around.)  What goes up must come down, and when we did the secure stairwell still allowed a view to the bottom.  By the time we reached bottom, my knees had been traumatized and I could barely put one foot in front of the other.  

When do we lose that sense of wonder?  The thrill of adventure.  At a certain age or stage?  Not necessarily, but we think twice about risks, don't we?  If I break a leg, who will take care of the family?  If I mess up, will people laugh?  If I fail, will I be able to show my face?  Fear is our own worst enemy. But remember . . .

Fear is a reaction.  Courage is a decision.  - Winston S. Churchill

Is there an elephant in the room taking up too much space?
Is there something still waiting on your Bucket List?
Is there a wrong that needs to be made right?
Is there a talent begging to be nurtured?
Be brave.  Take risks.  Nothing can substitute experience.  - Cielo Paulo

I know a special little girl who is absolutely fearless.  Unstoppable!  Snakes and gators don't scare her; and her element is skiing, horse riding and driving a razor at the dunes.  At two she was having a go at wake boarding saying, "Throw me rope.  Throw me rope!"  And yet, her favorite candy is plain M&M's.  Lol.

I want to be like her when I grow up. 

Be intentionally BRAVE this month - because you can and happiness depends on it.


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