Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom on Courage

Sacred Path of the Warrior (audio book)
Acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement.  Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness.  True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear; but going beyond fear.
In order to experience fearlessness, it is necessary to experience fear.  The essence of of cowardice is not acknowledging the reality of fear.  Fear can take many forms. Logically, we know we can't live forever.  We know that we are going to die, so we are afraid. We are petrified of our death.  On another level, we are afraid that we can't handle the demands of the world.  This fear expresses itself as a feeling of inadequacy. We feel that our own lives are overwhelming, and confronting the rest of the world is more overwhelming. Then there is abrupt fear, or panic, that arises when new situations occur suddenly in our lives.  When we feel that we can't handle them, we jump or twitch. Sometimes fear manifests in the form of restlessness:  doodles on a notepad, playing with our fingers, or fidgeting in our chairs. We feel that we have to keep ourselves moving all the time, like an engine running in a motor car. The pistons go up and down, up and down. As long as the pistons keep moving, we feel safe. Otherwise, we are afraid we might die on the spot. - Chogyam Trungpa 
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.  Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson  
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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along..."  We must do the things we think we cannot.   -Eleanor Roosevelt
First do what is necessary, then do what is possible, and before long you will find yourself doing the impossible.  - Francis of Assisi 
The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree.  The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, "In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon." - John F. Kennedy

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