Wholeheartedness requires ‘ordinary’ courage

Courage.jpgI am currently reading Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. The tag line is: Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life.

In her research she found that Wholeheartedness requires ‘ordinary’ courage. This is what she meant…..

 “The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition that it does today. Courage originally meant, ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Over time this definition has changed, and today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic.” She goes on to say, “”I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling and about our experience (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line.”

 

She finishes the excerpt on courage stating, “Courage has a ripple effect. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver.” Amen Brene

 

I felt that this picture I took on the weekend was the perfect backdrop for her quote on courage. I will share from my heart and tell you that I believe that nature is truly one of our greatest teachers. Quantum physics has proved that everything is interconnected so it only makes sense to me that nature has many gifts to show and share with us.

 

Here is to each of us having the courage to express our truth and to be who we are supposed to be.  Shine your own unique, magnificent light and make this world a better place!

Sending sunshine,

Susanne