Updated: Aug 13, 2019
"I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare." - Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was an American Poet. While she died in 2014, her message remains alive, ans she will live forever through her poems, essays, and other works. Social media is littered with her insightful and inspiring quotes.
At the Freshman Parent Orientation yesterday, Mia's principal opened up her presentation with this one, and I found it remarkable - worthy of further attention.
To dare is to have the courage to do something.
To have courage is to have the ability to do something frightening. To have strength in the face of pain or grief.
The definition of frightening, like that of beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. Hope suffers from zuigerphobia, the vacuum cleaner is terrifying (apparently there's an actual name for that...who knew). It takes courage for Hope to allow the vacuum cleaner to be in the same room with her.
Courage takes different forms with different people, and courage looks good on everybody.
The first sentence in Joshua 1:7 commands courage: "Be strong and very courageous."
Brene Brown says, "You can courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both."
Don't be shackled by your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is the enemy of courage...and yes, it can be terrifying to leave. Have the courage to break free. Have the courage to be vulnerable. Have the courage to be uncomfortable. Have the courage to try new things, to learn new things, to listen to new ideas, to meet new people, to go new places; have the courage to do good, to make difficult decisions, to have difficult conversations.
But most of all, have the courage to do what is right.
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