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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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On Courage:

If asked what courage means to you many will come up with all sorts of answers. Often time confused with bravery, courage is a quality of bravery but beyond that, it stands on it own as a human principal. Courage is a bed-fellow of determination. Once you have determined within yourself a course of action or goal, one cannot stop there. Lao-Tzu said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step,” and though I as part Native American hate to quote him, Christopher Columbus said “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Courage is stepping outside of yourself and what makes you comfortable or popular in order to pursue your chosen course of action and thereby achieve your goals. It is a principal that comes with self-esteem and self confidence. Courage can also be seen in even the smallest or most regular sounding of actions and circumstances.

It takes courage to stand up and raise your children or to go to work every day even when you don’t feel like it. It takes courage to peacefully confront someone that would consider you his/her enemy in an effort to find resolution and balance with that person. It takes courage to make an unpopular decision. It takes courage to take a stand on the facts even when no one believes them to be truth. But where does Courage come from?

Courage comes from understanding. Understanding of one’s self and trust in ones understanding of the most basic facts. Understanding comes from within first. Understanding can only come from balance and balance from hearing and learning.

When you learn to quiet yourself understanding and answers come to the questions in your mind and spirit. Then you have to learn to apply and live by those answers. Develop powerful relationships with the new understandings no matter how uncomfortable they may be. Once you do, you will build the strength to stand up for them and the courage to live by and stand by them. No matter what obstacles land in your path, you will have the courage to continue to walk it and face each one with the understanding that you have a goal to reach and this obstacle is a lesson to be learned and a part of your strengthening and growth process.

Be of good Courage!

Rahim Baskett
MindSoulVision Photography


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