Courage! What makes a king out of a slave?

L’Shana Tova, friends. I love new years because that means a fresh start. And since there’s many of them within our calendar year, who says we have to wait until the usual January 1st. We can start making changes now like facing…fear.

So… I saw the pic on the right on Facebook and nearly choked.  And then received this in my in box yesterday morning and had to stop and think:            ” Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”  And then read one and sighed: Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.~Mark Twain

Okay. What’s the message I am receiving this week? To watch The Wizard of Oz? To dig deep within my soul and psyche? That I have fears? Ugh…not one to put  my insecurities and fears on display, the Facebook pic hit home because it is true.  I have jokingly  said that I look good on paper.  When we write our resumes, go on interviews, meet people for the first time, we are most certainly showing our highlight reel. It takes a ton of courage to essentially say  “Here’s the best of me and why you want to know me, become my best friend, maybe be fortunate enough to get close enough to hear my deep dark secrets!” However, how often to we really open up and share what’s really happening in our lives.  A friend of mind once made a comment that I have it all together. I had to laugh because no one goes home with me at night.  No one truly knows what goes on behind closed doors in anyone’s life. For me, I have to live in the present and not let my insecurities and fears derail me.

I personally think that courage is moving through fear.  One of my biggest fears is failure. I removed failure out of my vocabulary because I was giving the word too much power.  Once I removed failure as a default, I was able to accomplish what I wanted to do.  Especially as an artist. This is a business where FAILING is told to you over and over.  Now I just do what I want to do and if it doesn’t work out, at least I know I had the courage to try.

I guess my lesson of the week is to face some fears of which I may not be aware. And to watch The Wizard of Oz!

What’s your fear? Who’s brave enough to post a comment?!

The Wizard of Oz Poster

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