Sunday, September 23, 2018

Courage is a daily habit

Courage is a daily habit. We tend to think of courage in terms of big events. In movies we see courage demonstrated as a person charging into battle risking life and limb to attack an enemy on a battlefield.

But in every day life we may be calling on courage to start a new business, to start a new relationship, to learn something new or try something different. All of these kinds of choices can help us uplift the quality of our lives.

You see, the word itself is something that needs clarification in order for us to use the concept better. Courage comes from the French word for heart, which is coeur. So, you see, courage is all about heart. But many of us think of it as feats of great physical strength because of images we have seen in movies.

Courage, by definition, means that we are proceeding even in the face of uncertainty or fear. If something is a sure thing, no courage is required.

Fear is natural because none of us wants to fail or make ourselves look stupid. Of course in the process of trying new things, we all make some mistakes on the way to becoming excellent.

So let's take a few simple examples to illustrate. Let's say you want to try cooking a new recipe. Go ahead and try it. You will find out whether you like it or not after you cook it, but at least you now have the experience of making something different.

Maybe you want to learn to read cards, do reiki healing, play a musical instrument, or a new exercise program, how to dance or speak a different language. We just need to overcome that fear and plunge in.

Take another common example, starting your own business. Everyone who starts their own business is taking a risk, no matter what kind of business it is. The rewards are great, and so that can help us overcome fear. Once you have created your own business and done the work to make it successful, you gain power over your schedule and your cash flow.

IN starting a new relationship, there is no better way to find out if this person you are considering will be a good fit unless you get together with them and see how much you enjoy their company.

To help us get over those fears and anxieties over trying something new, we just have to ask ourselves if it is something we truly want, then whether we are willing to take action to make it real.

It is important to remember that we always have allies in this process, and that is the role our spirit guides play with us. If you cultivate the daily habit of thanking them for the good things that are happening in our lives and then open our minds to receiving advice and guidance from them, they are always looking out for us because that is their job. They are here to help us and protect us and our team of spirit guides is with us for our entire lifetime.

Our sense of humor is also a great tool to use. When we make a mistake we can both laugh at it and learn from it. When we are in a business or social meeting, cracking a joke or telling a funny story is a way to immediately lighten up the atmosphere and create a more welcoming environment.

A little courage goes a long way to helping us get more of what we want out of life.

Coming up this Monday, September 24 is the full Harvest Moon. What a perfect time to thank our spirit guides for all of the good we have harvested in our lives this year. And it is also a perfect time to start thinking about what new things we would like to have in our lives next. Remember to express gratitude for both the big things and the little things because often little things lead to bigger things.

Heading down these new paths will require some measure of courage from us, but remember, all of our choices come from either love or fear. Choose from love to overcome fear in all areas of life. You will be happy you did.

I love all of you and am always happy to hear from you. Keep in touch and let me know how you are doing and if I can help you I will. Part of the joy of being on this path is knowing that my efforts have helped, encouraged and made a positive difference to you.

And as we walk down these paths and enjoy seeing all the changing colors in the trees and plants around us, savor these visual reminders that we are always changing and growing and these beautiful colors symbolize the new developments in our lives that we had the courage to pursue, and so now there is more to harvest, both in terms of thoughts, feelings, relationships, accomplishments and how all these intangible things produce tangible results. Reflecting on all this seems to fit well in this season where looking around we see visible signs of our progress.

Isn't this a lovely feeling? Remember, our heart is the center of everything. Much love to all of you!