„Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.“Franklin D. Roosevelt
Let’s embrace fear
Let’s take a look on where courage comes from. It’s partly derived from the Latin word for, which stands for heart.
Originally, the word meant „to speak one’s mind by speaking all one’s heart“.
Today, it has more to do with being heroic, overcoming fear and pulling through.
And I agree that this world does need the occasional hero, people who are willing to face their fear, overcome it and follow their heart. Someone who wants to change the world, do good and actually does it. Someone we can look up to.
However, I can much more relate to the original meaning, as I feel that today’s society is mostly lacking the courage to be their true and beautiful authentic selves. We don’t say what we think and we don’t do what we say. Why is that? Why aren’t we willing to talk openly and honestly about who we are? We don’t talk about our feelings or what we’ve experienced in order to keep up pretenses. We wear a mask and carefully build an outer perception of who we are while losing touch with who we really are on the inside. Being vulnerable in today’s world has become pretty extraordinary. Then again, while it so rare, you can still see it every day. When someone reaches out for help. When someone admits they made a mistake. When someone wears their heart on their sleeve. When someone is not afraid to say „I love you“. And when someone dares to be happy.
I always say that kindness has a ripple effect. But really, there’s a ripple effect to every single positive feeling. And courage is one of them. Courage does have a ripple effect as well. Every time you choose courage you inspire people around you to be braver themselves. You will make the world braver on person at a time.
„If you want others to be happy practice compassion; and if you want yourself to be happy practice compassion.“The Dalai Lama
Let’s be more compassionate towards others
Self-acceptance and authenticity in this perfectionist society is hard to come by. We spend our lives trying to fit in and gain approval. Almost everyone is struggling with this. But why? Because compassion is something that’s been lacking. Everyone sees the world as they are instead of accepting that we are all different. Everyone has a different journey. Everyone has been brought up differently, has made different experience and had to deal with different life events. So don’t judge. Everyone needs to lead the life that they are comfortable with and act in a way that feels right to them. However, if you ever have the chance to educate someone in a kind way – because there are many people out there who want to learn, but have simply never met anyone willing to educate or tell them – then do it! But above all be understanding and compassionate. Any negative behavior coming your way will have nothing to do with you but everything with that person and where they stand in life. So don’t take anything personally. You always have a choice.
And again, before mentioned ripple effect. If you show compassion to people around you, hopefully they will learn to do the same. You have the power to make this world a more compassionate place with less judgement and more people who feel free to live a life that makes them happy.
„Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.“The Dalai Lama
Love is all
We want to be loved, we want to love and we want to belong.
Love exists in so many forms. For friends, family, pets, mentors, the one…
Take a close look at your life and the people in it and see all those beautiful forms of love.
However, we can only love others when we have learned to love ourselves. While it’s so easy to accept the imperfections of others, it’s very difficult to extend that loving kindness to ourselves sometimes. Love is something that is nurtured and grown. It can only happen if we’re brave enough to present our imperfect and authentic self to the world. But I say let the world fall in love with who you really are.
I believe that love is one of the strongest positives we have. Love heals, love lets us belong, love is understanding, love doesn’t judge, love is unconditional, love is our greatest strength and love gives meaning to our lives.