How to be courageous

Q. How do you have a healthy digestive system?

A. Eat healthy food.

 

Q. How do you get fit?

A. Do some exercise.

 

Q. How do you be generous?

A. Do kind things and give stuff away with no expectation of return.

 

Q. How do you be courageous?

A. Do courageous things.

 

It sounds simple doesn’t it?  Then you know it won’t be easy.

 

There’s no point waiting around for “courage” to enter your heart or to be inspired for great action.  That’s just an excuse to do nothing and succumb to your fears.  You need to recognise your fears and face them down, and then take appropriate action.  Even if you can’t face them down just take action anyway.

 

No, you don’t need to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but anything small will get the ball rolling and then you’ll realise you actually are courageous already.  You just didn’t realise it or recognise it because you never leapt over tall buildings.  Once you have that courage confirmed by small things you can then use it for bigger and better things.  (But it’s still best to leave the tall buildings to Superman).

 

Australian Water Dragon

Australian Water Dragon

 

Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten”. GK Chesterton.

 

In my experience dragons are real and they can stop you in your tracks.  They live inside your head.  You don’t need to go out and slay them, but just find their resting place and shoo them away.

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