Day 327: The Value of Being Courageous

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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

When I write the words “being courageous,” I hear the roar of a Lion in my head. I think it’s because it reminds me of the Lion in the Wizard of Oz. All he wanted was the courage to be who he was, but fear held him back and made him feel as small as a mouse. Courage sounds like such a big and powerful thing to have. The Lion thought he had to ask for it, but the Wizard told him he had all the courage he needed already inside him. All he had to do was use it.

Learning to use our courage takes practice, though. First, we have to step out in blind faith until we trust and believe in who we are. Getting past the fear that holds us back is the biggest challenge, and the only thing holding us back from being the courageous person we are is ourselves.

Being courageous means doing the little things we think we can’t do as much as the big stuff. When I am brave enough to step out of my comfort zone, I realize I can still do something I haven’t done in a long time. It makes me feel empowered, strong, and capable. It builds the muscles we need to do the more complicated things in life, like speaking up when we need to.

Reflection: I have learned that one of the best ways to be courageous is to try and understand what I’m afraid of and then refuse to let that fear paralyze me.

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