Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Acting From Courage

The root of the word courage is cor, from the Latin, which means "heart."

And I think any true act of courage is an act from the heart.

So often, we do things because we're expected to, or because we think people want us to, or that it will meet some need in us if we do.

Most of our lives, whether we're at work, at home, in relationship, we try to figure out what other people want and do things we think will meet those wants. We might spend some time thinking about what "I" want, but that comes further down the list for most of us.

But what do I need to express? What do I need to say? What's in my heart? That seldom makes the list at all. We tell ourselves it would be selfish, greedy, unseemly to speak from that place.

I think that's bullshit.

To act and speak from the heart is the most important, authentic thing we can do. If you want to express something, do it. If you need something, tell someone important what it is. The only way to change things is to change what we're doing and how we're doing it. It may be easy to complain about the other guy, but it sure doesn't seem to change him.

So take up that cause. Write, paint, sing, consult, teach, sell, express yourself however you are called to. Do it with passion and conviction.

Stand in your power. Do what you are called to do. We need you. More than ever.


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