Posts tagged ‘courage’

July 4, 2016

Be a frequent cliff jumper

Thought of the moment, courtesy of science-fiction author Ray Bradbury:

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair, we’d never have a friendship . . . . You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

 

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September 18, 2014

Destination (un)known

Thought for the day, courtesy of explorer Christopher Columbus:

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Sometimes you just gotta jump on the boat and go.

February 10, 2014

Don’t be afraid to be a little messy

Quote for the week, courtesy of Eleanor Roosevelt:

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

I did something like this the other day. I stopped, turned the car around, and went back to do a thing that made me feel exposed and vulnerable — a thing that scared me but was also the very thing I most wanted to do in that moment. The result? A little awkwardness, a little uncertainly, and a positive outcome.

This experience made me realize that life’s events don’t always have to unfold gracefully or fluently or in any sort of well-ordered, elegant fashion. They just have to unfold, period. The how of it doesn’t really matter in the long run.

Fear tends to stop us from creating space for our lives to unfold in the first place. That’s a sad state of affairs, when you think about it.

So this week, do a thing which you think you cannot do. Do it messily; do it clumsily; do it red-faced and stuttering — but do it anyway. At the end of the day, you’ll find that the rewards far outweigh the risks.

November 24, 2012

This is your life: Live it

A little inspiration on this late-November Saturday, courtesy of Louise Carey:

This is your life.  Find a passion and pursue it.  Fall in love.  Dream big.
Drink wine, eat great food and spend quality time with good friends.
Laugh every day.  Believe in magic.  Tell stories.
Reminisce about the good old days, but look with optimism to the future.
Travel often.  Learn more.  Be creative.
Spend time with people you admire.
Seize opportunities when they reveal themselves.
Love with all your heart.  Never give up.
Do what you love.  Be true to who you are.
Make time to enjoy the simple things in life.
Spend time with family.  Forgive, even when it’s hard.  Smile often.
Be grateful.  Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Follow your dreams.  Try new things.  Work hard.
Don’t count the minutes, count the laughs.
Embrace change.  Trust in yourself.
Be thankful.  Be nice to everyone.  Be happy.
Live for today.  And above all, make every moment count.