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Inspirational Courage Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Brockholes, W Yorkshire, England)


Weekly Wonder Online: 49


e e cummins wonders...

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."

More Inspirational Courage Quotes...
"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose."
-- Tom Krause

"Don't get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock."
-- Unknown

"All serious daring starts from within."
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone."
-- John Maxwell

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
-- Anais Nin


What I Wonder...


Listen to my thoughts about this courage inspirational quotation in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about my own struggles to be courageous against 'unknown assailants'...



(NOTE: Yes, *I* wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)


Ah, today is a perfect day for me to talk about e e cummin's inspirational quote on courage.

And that's because, as you'll probably see (and hear) in the video I recorded, I feel fearful, I feel weak, I feel humbled (again) by an unknown assailant masquerading itself in my body, thus:
  • I feel fatigued - REALLY tired, disproportionate to any activity I've undertaken or sleep I've been deprived of

  • I want this tiredness and the bad feelings that are associated with it to 'go away'

And, the truth is...
  • I am resisting growth, resisting change, somehow

So, to let go of my resistance - to welcome my fatigue and the thoughts and feelings that flow - feels REALLY scary, and the last thing in the world I should EVER do! So *that's* why I chose this inspirational courage quote, today...

because it truly takes courage to go the last place in the world you want to go.

(Why I resist and what I resist, I just don't know, but this fatigue of mine IS being sourced by resistance - I know that, at least!)

Anyway, before all I write about Edward Estlin Cummings' inspirational quote ends up being ONLY about me...


I wonder how you face up to the challenges in your life.

I wonder what you've done, recently, that felt like an act of courage. (Either before, during or after the event.)

I wonder even whether you agree with the wisdom of e e cummin's words. (Do you?)

I think he's right, I really do. Many, many of us are happy to stay 'small' (or less) and get great pleasure at laughing at others who dare to be 'bigger' (greater) when they do not succeed.

We do this. We all do this. Sometimes.

And what we're doing, really, is projecting our fear, and our lack of courage, onto those that dared and did not succeed.

Instead, we should welcome ALL such 'courageous' efforts by everyone - whether they succeed (Djokovic versus Nadal, Wimbledon tennis 2011), or whether they fail (think any grand idea of your favourite politician you love to hate) - because it took courage to think bigger, be bigger, and take that first step into the 'unknown'...


Hmm, emotional stuff. Guess courage is an emotional force. So, do you have the 'courage' to share your views now, on these inspirational courage quotes (the one by e.e. cummins or others)? I do hope so...


What YOU wonder?...

Yes, I'd love to know your thoughts on E E Cummin's inspirational quote about courage, or any of the other courage inspirational quotes... You can leave comments below! :-)

Thanks for reading,
Steve

PS Interestingly, I did my very first open mic stand-up comedy a week or so ago. And it did NOT feel like an act of courage whatsoever compared to allowing what's happening to me, my body, to continue, un-resisted.

In fact, I'd rather do comedy naked than turn towards 'the discomfiting dark'. Really. (No, I would not put such an event on YouTube (and link to it), were it to ever happen... And it wouldn't! ;-) )

PPS Now please comment, please have your say - thank you!

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Jul 05, 2011
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Moments of Truth
by: Sandy

Thank you for this video.

I can relate to the body mind connection in that for me I get extreme back pain when something is in my subconcious mind. It's as if my body slows me down for me to go towards both the physical and mental pain.

Another thing, I get these tears but I'm not able to cry fully. There is a sadness presence in my body. I have called it the shadow wave. It's kind of a wave of darkness which hovers and then it goes away over time and comes back occassionally.

It calls to me to let the "light" in (to let understanding in)

These are my "moments of truth". I don't consciously make a decision but I come to a realization of what I need to do. And that's it. It is done.

As I've gotten older I have realized that when I, the student, is ready, the teacher comes. It comes as a voice, a video, some words, and in some instances an experience(good to bad).

Change comes, it gives me warning with the shadow wave and then something confirms it. Today my confirmation was the quote you provided today.

Thank you.

The light is coming in.

Jul 06, 2011
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Thanks, Sandy
by: Steve

As ever, thank you for your thoughts.

Very interesting how you experience this type of 'body communication' - very interesting indeed.

I'm now going to fully accept (as much as I can) these feelings and see what comes. (I resist, by default, normally...)

And I see - my present level of understanding, anyway - how all the world's troubles can maybe reduce to one word: resistance (to what is)...

Thanks, Sandy
Steve

Jul 06, 2011
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Courage
by: Jennifer M

Steve, the most open I've seen you in the videos.

I liked how you said your body is resisting - it is something I hear in acting class and actually when we are sick is when we get our best work done. Looking forward to the other videos.

Jul 16, 2011
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Serendipity
by: v

Stumbling upon & seeking out self-help sites, I tend to sign up & tune out. Though I've received Weekly Wonders for two months, today I was compelled to *read* the email in full & watch the video. Wow.

For the past few months I've also begun re-evaluating my life. Much that you said, as well as your fatigue & temporary lack of wellness, resonates with me wholly. Defense mechanisms have been a large part of my life. It is intriguing that you mention "growing pains". I like that. I don't like the pain, but the idea that I'm getting Somewhere is helpful. There is no doubt that I am beyond less than what I could be. Now I'll be paying closer attention to my Feelings and what they are trying to tell me, as you mentioned. Also, I'll be exploring the past emails, the site and your videos. Thank you for sharing your thoughts & a reminder that I am not alone on this vast planet.

Be well... Victoria

Jul 16, 2011
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Isn't it just life?
by: Sandra

You've got your signs up counting down to the montly marvels and now people are checking in for the weekly wonders...

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