A new approach
This year, I’m choosing a word each month to use as my theme/intention/guide post. When I originally thought of this idea, I thought: January would be a great time to focus on simplifying. Yeah, totally, dude. The January word is totally: simplicity. Rad.
But now that I’ve recovered from my surfer-dude speech impediment, I realize that’s not my word this month. In fact, Wednesday’s post about being scared and doing it anyway has inspired the word for this month.
And that word is… drumroll, please… Courage.
Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got? (~ The Cowardly Lion)
And just like the lion, we have all the courage we need already. So consider this your virtual Courage Medal.
“Read what my medal says: “Courage”. Ain’t it the truth? Ain’t it the truth? ” ~ The Lion
So that’s what you can expect from me this month: courage.
And by that I mean, the courage to keep putting myself out there (here) and taking a different path. Courage to try new things. Courage to be who I really am.
And even those days, like Wednesday, when I feel like a total chicken (cluck, cluck), I will find the courage to show up anyway.
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By the way, here’s a courageous quickie for you:
My dear friend, Carly Butler is leaving behind her “normal” life and leaping into a new adventure. She quit her 9-to-5 job and is hopping a plane to London this weekend in pursuit of a dream.
Carly is going to England to retrace her grandmother’s steps. She has a scrapbook full of letters that her grandmother wrote to her grandpa while waiting until she could join her husband in Canada (Can you imagine being separated from your brand new husband for 7 months with only letters to keep you connected?!).
It may sound like a sentimental journey on the surface, but it is so much more. This journey isn’t just a sweet tribute to her grandmother; it’s a way to honor generations past and the link that connects us all. Carly is using her personal journey to illustrate to all of us that we’re all part of something bigger.
And she’ll be sharing it all as it happens, in a raw & honest way… now THAT is courage.
Lucky for me, Carly has agreed to an interview so look for that later this month. But for now, read more of Carly’s story here. Follow her adventure on her blog Life’s Letter. And if you’re feeling inspired, contribute to her IndieGoGo fundraiser (which will help her pursue this courageous adventure AND write a book all about what she learns).
“Courage is a love affair with the unknown.” ~ Osho
And as the month progresses, I’ll be asking you questions about your own courage (or “lack” thereof) and hopefully get your thoughts moving toward building more courage for the things that matter to you.
What does courage mean to you?