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Saturday, 25 January 2014

UNWRAPPING GIFT # 4: COURAGE


"I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." #Nelson_Mandela

After Consciousness, Discernment and Choice, the fourth gift is Courage.  It is easy to make choices, but sometimes a lot more challenging to implement them when they look or sound scary.  For instance, when the abused spouse chooses to leave the marriage, the down-trodden employee chooses to speak up for himself, or the entrepreneur chooses to spend money on a new venture, although the choice has been made, the implementation often takes courage.

Our biggest challenge in implementing the choices we make is often to transcend the fear that paralyses us into inaction or pushes us in the wrong directions.  Fear stymies choices we make or might want to make, but courage is what carries our plans through to completion.

Every one of us is gifted with courage: we all have the capacity to transcend our fears and to play big.  In any event, the truth is that so much of what we fear never comes to pass, or at worst it turns out to be a fraction of the size we thought it would be.  Nonetheless, courage is required even to approach the things we fear, and this courage is a gift within every one of us.


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