Dear Brave Heart,
These are interesting times, wouldnâ€™t you say? Days can be challenging, uncertain and more than once in a week, we may find ourselves immobilized by an insurmountable problemâ€”or so it seems. However, this isn’t our first rodeo. We are souls who know danger, yet step up. Courage is the force within us that keeps us moving forward ANYWAY.
Even though the saying, â€œleap of faithâ€ is popular, Courage is what sustains us as we reach for our goals. As Iâ€™m writing this, I am thinking about two women I know who walk with courage:Â Leeanne Gardner and Susan Moody. They are the co-creators of StarshineAZ, (https://www.starshineaz.com).
They’ve stepped up to createÂ a womanâ€™s co-operative working space on the west side of Phoenix. By leasingÂ office suites at the Glendale Airport, they Â provide a placeÂ for other women to work, learn and support each other. They tookÂ a leap ofÂ faith that others would catch their vision, and courageously move forwardÂ each day to ensure theirÂ goal is reached.
Courage is found in many places:
- ThoseÂ whoÂ tirelessly take care of dementia patients
- Activists who advocate for a cause
- A farmer and his wifeÂ adjust their lives because he is nowÂ confined to a wheel chair
- The abused woman who sets out on her own to make a better life for herself and her children
- The actress who continues to audition for movies
- The non-traditional studentÂ who returns to school after years in the work force
- The one whoÂ seeks a new job where she is valued
- The man who faces his life after the death of his wife
- Those who tell truth to power
Iâ€™m currently re-reading Manâ€™s Search for Meaning, that famous and often quoted book by Victor Frankl. Whenever I feel like hiding in a corner, or taking a long nap to avoid some mundane challenge I face, Frankl brings me back to the reality that we humans are stronger than we think, and by facing our individualÂ challenges, we are fulfilling our purpose in being here.
Courage drives ACTION. To activate our courage, we need to step outside our comfort zone. We move forward even thought we know we could fail. Step by step we proceed. We are fueled by Hope, and groundedÂ by the triad of Self-Worth, Family Support and our Spiritual Anchor. We press forward, using the past as a guide.
Each day is new and each decision is personal. Frankl says this with eloquence:Â â€œâ€˜Lifeâ€™ does not mean something vague, but something very real and concrete, just as lifeâ€™s tasks are also very real and concrete. They form manâ€™s destiny, which is different and unique for each individual. No man and no destiny can be compared with any other man or any other destiny. No situation repeats itself, and each situation calls for a different response.â€
Trust your intuition. Get up. Move on. Step forward. Touch your shining star.
May Courage be your guide,