Find your courage

Making change takes courage. It can be frightening and you need to be brave to deal with the tough issues that might come up. The origin of the word ‘courage’ is based on the heart. It comes from the Latin word ‘cor’ or ‘cour’ meaning heart, to the old French word ‘corage’ to the English word ‘courage’. Your heart is the seat of all your feelings and emotions. As Brené Brown says in an article on courage, the word originally meant ‘to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart’. So having courage is about listening to your heart and speaking your truth, your pain, your joy – whatever is there. When you ignore problems or bury the emotions that you don’t want to confront, you’re not doing yourself justice. In fact, while you might think that it’s easier to hide your problems or ignore those tough emotions that you fear, it’s actually far more liberating to get them out and explore them.

There’s a quote that been on my desk for some years, taken from a short story by Deborah Levy that says “To speak our life as we feel it is a freedom we mostly choose not to take.”

What does it take for us to choose that freedom? We need courage to speak our lives as we feel, from the heart. What you feel, what you want, what you don’t want – it’s all in your heart. Summon the courage to let it out, to be open, even to painful issues. When you do, you’ll find out what you want, what’s really important to you and the change that you actually want to make and that you can truly commit to.

Have you ever tried to put down on paper or speak out what’s in your heart and what you really want? Often we don’t know what we think, feel or want until we take the time to say it out loud or write it down. It can be too easy to keep hiding from ourselves. Yet I firmly believe that it’s more liberating to allow yourself to look.

Take some time now to say and listen to what you really want. Have the courage to ask your heart what change is most important to you, so that you can truly commit to it.


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