Being Brave

What does “being brave” make you think about?” What initially came to mind for me was the man who stood in front of the line of tanks in Tiananmen Square. But the more I thought about it, I realized bravery doesn’t always have to be as dramatic as that iconic image.

Sometimes being brave is just doing something that scares the living daylights out of you, but you do it anyway!

I’ll bet if you think about it, you’ll remember a time when you were brave either for yourself or someone else. Take another brave step: Tell someone about your experience or write it down. When you finish, say these words out loud, “I was brave to do what I did!”

~ This is dedicated to a good friend of mine who did something very brave and shared it with me!

Nature’s Wisdom – Courage

courage-is-daring-to-bloom

 

I love these flowers.

They tempt nature by not blooming until the temperature begins to drop.

As trees lose their leaves, these flowers are still baby buds on the bush!

Knowing how beautiful they’ll be, I hold my breath and hope they’ll bloom.

Some years I’m lucky and rewarded with flowers, like the one above.

Other years an early freeze arrives, leaving  flowers and buds  dead on the ground.

This year, the bush took on nature’s dare and is filled with flowers!

I think it’s a good metaphor for all of us…

When winter nips at our hearts, we, too, have to dare to bloom:~)

 

 

Nature Nurtures Hope

Tree-FreezeThis was my Japanese magnolia tree almost a month ago.

It had bloomed gloriously, but got hit by a freeze. This was the result.

I wanted to cry when I saw the tree, but I walked out and looked at it closely.

This is a picture of what I found. Can you see the green buds?

natures-hopeTo me, this is an example of how nature nurtures hope.

It’s a good lesson for me and maybe you.

Sometimes, everything looks brown and dead.

And it’s easy to believe there’s no hope left.

But looks can be deceiving, as my Japanese magnolia proves.

Even in the darkest times, there is a bud of hope waiting to blossom.

Look for it!

Hope

Walk in Someone’s Footsteps

footsteps-in-sandWhen I was a kid, I used to play a game at the beach with my siblings and cousins. We called it, “Walk in My footsteps.”

The rules were simple. One kid took the lead and the rest had to step in footsteps of the person ahead as we walked down the beach.

As the youngest, I was usually at the back of the group and often had to stretch to reach the footsteps of the person in front of me.

I almost always lost when we played this game, but was that so bad?

Each of us has our own journey through life.  There will always be people walking ahead of us on this journey and there will always be people walking behind us.

As I see it, our job is to learn from the person ahead of us and, if asked, give a helping hand to the person behind us, but not to walk in someone’s footsteps.

Now, I can write this, but I don’t always live it. I confess this is a challenging life lesson for me. Recently, I read a book that made me ache with longing to write as well as the author did.

I can’t. I’m not that author. I’m me.  I can learn from the author, but I’ll never write the same way.

Bottom line:  I will always lose when I play the game of “Walk in My Footsteps.” I have to follow my own path, learn at my own pace, and in my own way.

But is that really so bad?

What about you?

Have there been times when you wanted to be in the footsteps of the person ahead of you? How did you handle it and what did you learn from the experience?