“A SHIP IS SAFE IN THE HARBOUR – BUT THATS NOT WHAT SHIPS ARE FOR”
I really like this quote by William G.T. Shedd. I think about it often especially, when faced with a new challenge or opportunity. Courage is not something that comes easily for me. It certainly wasn’t something I woke up with one day. I work on this aspect of my life every single day. When I gave up my nursing job to embark on running my own business, I didn’t think it was bravery that took me forwards, it was my drive to keep earning money to pay the bills and look after my then very young son.. When I look back now, I realise that was a small bit of courage and a rather large bit of madness 😉 I can be kinder to myself now when I look at what I do every single day to work on my courage.
Every day I try to talk kinder to myself, take deep breaths, make some space in my head.. I try to list off experiences I have been through to remind myself that I have shown courage in the past..
However even now i can feel the flicker of resistance every time I face a rough patch or hurdle in my life.. There is still that voice in my head that asks (Or more shouts..) “WHAT IF YOU FAIL?” For example, at the current time I am studying to be a Naturopathic Nutritionist.. every Friday I go up to London early and study for the whole day learning a huge amount each week. This week we have our second exam already! (I started the course in mid Jan) .. I can HEAR my inner critic demeaning my knowledge and comparing myself to all those other people in the class… BUT it is my job to drown out that voice, and remember why i fought to make it possible for me to do this course..
It is my job to fight this inner negativity with concrete examples of times I have and do succeed.. Hopefully this voice and inner daily fighter will reinforce my courage..
Remember.. Be Brave, Be Strong.. Courage is not for purchase – it is for rent, and rent is due every day.
Please take care of yourselves this week, and do let me know if there is ever anything at all I can do for you 🙂