"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! :-)
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!