— Kelly Rae Roberts
“Whatever you may be celebrating or grieving, may you practice courage every day and let it nurture your spirit however weary or uplifted it may be. There is hope in our celebrations, and strength in our brokenness. May you embrace your own sweet surrender with faith and courage along the way.”
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Sometimes you don’t feel like getting up. Sometimes you don’t feel like facing the light of day or doing your best or trying at all.
Sometimes, it’s enough to just be. Sometimes, living takes all the courage you have and that’s okay.
Don’t beat yourself up for not being Superman. You woke up. You greeted the world with you own, unique energy.
That took guts. And I’m proud of you.
Love and light,
“Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bowed down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is…”
New track by one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles. This song seemed to go along with our general theme of optimism and perseverance.
Everyone has felt like they were the opposite of brave. Everyone needs a reminder of just how brave they are.
Psst… yeah, you… You are BRAVE. Fight for yourself. You are all you need to be your best.
“A brave action is often followed by grief. Do not let my resistance to grief stop the brave action.”
— Alanis Morissette
Be brave. Be strong. Be bold. Be YOU.
Never let the fear of how people might perceive your strength change your decision to act. Certainly don’t let your own fear dictate the actions you take.
Believe in yourself and do not be hindered by the what if’s of someday.
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
— Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo
This is one of my new favorite stories/movies. This particular quote was shown in the previews before the movie even came out. And each time I hear it, it seems to grab me just a little bit more.
We are all interested in pursuing some type of success. Some of us want to be an amazing teacher (guilty) while others want to pursue careers in medicine or law. Some want to be amazing mothers and friends. Some of us just want to make it through Thursday. Whatever it is that you want to do, I have a challenge for you. 20 seconds. Count out twenty seconds in your head. (Heck, it’s taken more than 20 seconds to get this far in the post.) In this moment, without any distractions or work taking place, it may feel like a lifetime. Once you fill it with a simple act that would kick start your success, it zips by. Before you know it, it’s over. You have taken a step closer to what you want most.
Now, take that twenty seconds and try to make it happen each week, maybe even every day. And don’t play the “I’m too busy” card– it’s 0.0002% of your day. You can’t spare that?
Perhaps my favorite message in this story– Benjamin is asked why he is doing something as crazy as buying a zoo, taking on this insane challenge with his family, having no knowledge about what it takes, having one shot to make it all come together. People could wonder the same about you. What makes you so sure? What makes you so ready to jump at the chance to be great when the chance of failure is just as great? How can you let yourself be exposed to that uncertainty?
Finally, someone asks Benjamin Mee the obvious question– “Why?”
His response? “Why not?”
And that’s exactly the attitude you need. Why shouldn’t you fight like hell? Why shouldn’t you work those extra hours? Why shouldn’t I take a mere 20 seconds and take that step to what I want most. Why, why, WHY?
When the world asks, “Why,” you have to stare it in the face and say, “Why NOT?”
Love and Light, Carly