How big is your Brave?
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” She also said, “Do at least one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt was not one to ignore our human need to be brave. Bravery. It calls to us and it asks us to listen. And to act. To do that which intimidates us yet still draws our attention, rallies our inner forces, and knits our talents together. To simply be who we are and to not worry about what others may say or think. As my wise, wise sissy tells me, “What another person thinks is none of your business.” Truth, Sis. This is one of the many reasons I appreciate you.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. Do the thing you think you cannot do.” I strongly suspect that Eleanor was one heck of an advocate. I surely would want her on my team.
This song (video below) by Sara Bareilles is inspiring to me. And it is so sweet, too! Firstly, I very much like the concept/quality/action/trait (I don’t know what to call it) of Bravery. When I act in Bravery, I am stretched in ways that preclude my ego and encourage me to stand up and take a stand. For others. For me. And for those who don’t have a voice. When I am Brave, I give myself permission to say or do something that might lead to judgment or reprisal . . . but I say or do it anyway because my moral compass is in the driver’s seat. Being more of an introvert, afterward, I am always a little surprised and shook up that I took a stand without even really thinking about. It just felt like the right thing to do.
I also like that the video below chose dancing on a public street to symbolize Brave Expression. Have you ever danced in public when others are looking at you and saying, “Huh?” Or have you ever been the first one out on the dance floor? Or do you dance for the security cameras just because they are there?
See, that’s the thing. Dancing is one of those forms of personal expression that can be intimidating to a lot of people. I think this is true because dancing taps into a part of our inner soul and allows it a splashy escape to the outside world. Very few people think that they, themselves, are amazing dancers. Am I a fantastic dancer? No, not really. Do I love dancing? Yes! This is why I don’t want to wait for permission and squander some awesome dance music while waiting for someone else to break the ice and get the party started on the dance floor. I guess I feel that there is a shortage of live-band, dance-worthy music in my life. . . so, as a rule, I’m not going to miss a single second. It is so fun to dance!
Click on the aqua-blue link below for your free journal download. It is written with the idea of inspiring Brave in your life. An action of being Brave provides one of life’s rewards that leaves a shadow of inspiration behind. It doesn’t feel like it stays for very long, but I think that it does. I believe that being Brave grows us from a deep part within.
Your Amazing Aqua-Blue Journal Prompt:
[Print this prompt out, 3-hole punch it, and start your journaling binder. Take the writing journey and listen . . . you can’t get lost when you are following your own heart. After all, you are the only one who can hear what it has to say. The only one. Relax, read, think, feel, listen, write. Repeat. And enjoy the journey. It is a fine one, and one that is perfectly-made just for you, I promise. Life is meant to be grown.]
Sara Bareilles – Brave