I recently had the privilege of watching the movie, “We Bought a Zoo.” It inspired me to change the title of this article from “Bravery,” to “Twenty Seconds of Bravery.” Bravery is a valuable tool throughout our lifetime, but 20 seconds is a great start and is sometimes all you need! It is a manageable amount of time to initiate the experience and to be out of your comfort zone for only a brief moment.
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter asked me what bravery meant. After my response of something to the effect of “having courage to try new things,” she informed me that from an Arthur cartoon she learned that bravery isn’t being without fear; it’s having fear, but not letting it get in the way of trying new things.
I love that explanation! Of course! We all have fear ~ it’s a normal emotion, and can serve a good purpose. When danger is near, our nervous system automatically helps us deal with it. Experiencing fear after listening to all the disturbing media reports of atrocious behaviors occurring throughout the world, or feeling unstable due to the economy, is not uncommon. There are plenty of things to worry about, but when our fear becomes so heavy that it gets in the way of our continued growth, we can experience a kind of paralysis in life.
Sometimes we hold onto something so tight for fear of letting go ~ memories, the past, an emotion (love, frustration, etc), a new idea. We worry what someone will think, how will they respond, what will happen next, what if I look silly, what will I say, etc. The fears can grow and grow, and create bigger, more irrational fears or induce negative responses and negative emotions like avoidance, withdrawal, low self-esteem, inadequacy or aggression (hinduwebsite.com). Our minds become so heavily fixated and distracted, that we miss the present moment and all the beauty that surrounds us.
Right in front of our eyes ~ the world has so much to offer! Be brave! Open the doors to the infinite possibilities! When you take a chance, you’ll be filled with an amazing energy, sense of satisfaction and true authenticity! Allow yourself to try something new. Fear will be present, but don’t let it be in control. Take a deep breath, listen to your heart, trust that you’ll find the support you need, follow your gut, and be brave ~ for just 20 seconds.
It may seem crazy or unpredictable, but when you do something for a good purpose, with good intention, there is nothing that can stop you! (We Bought A Zoo). Why not give it a try? Enjoy!