to live courageously

Webster's defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. The eytomology is c.1300, from O.Fr. corage, from V.L. *coraticum, from L. cor "heart," which remains a common metaphor for inner strength.

A new friend after hearing of the changes I have been through on my spiritual path in the last year, told me I had a lot of courage to go through what I have been through. Another friend a few months ago told me she wished she had the courage to make the choices I have made of quitting my job, being an artist, and going back to school.

Do I live my life courageously? I had never really thought about it that way until these women brought it up. I am living my life the best way I know how to. Making choices that honor my true self while attempting to balance the demands on me. Being honest about what is my stuff and what is not. What are my responsibilities and which are not. Honoring the Goddess and the path I walk on and the work She gives me to do. Doing these things is hard work that can be painful and scary - and very rewarding. So, perhaps, the answer is yes.

I asked the new friend if being courageous meant being scared shitless most of the time. She laughed and said that there is no place for courage to be in you if you are not scared shitless. Makes sense to me.

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