“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin … 

Have you ever thought about attempting something new, and then changed your mind because of some risks or the possibility of failure? I know I have. Yet on the other hand, there have also been times in which I have shown great courage. This very endeavor of writing inspirations, and creating the applications to read them, would have never existed had I not had the courage to persevere in making time to write, and putting forth the effort to grow and develop my programming knowledge. Yes, it took me a lot of time, and yes, there were times I felt I should have given up–that the risk and effort would outweigh the rewards–but the results were worth it. In truth, my life would be quite different–quite a bit smaller–had I not shown moments of courage from time to time.

We all have the potential for courage inside of us–most of the time we know the risks and we weigh them in our decisions. Courage, then, is simply allowing ourselves to do something we feel or think that we cannot do, or should not do, because of these risks. With this courage, even in modest amounts, we can experience deeper lives filled with much greater meaning and purpose–for our courage will expand our horizons and bring us new experiences from which we can learn and grow.

Of course, because our courage is not blind, it usually takes a great deal of effort for us to learn to exercise it. Still, the simple fact that we are not as courageous as others does not mean we have any less courage. On the contrary, we all have the same potential for courage, however, sometimes, because it is new to us or outside of our comfort zone, we require a little extra time and thought.

Our first step in being courageous, then, is considering doing something that makes us feel uncomfortable. We will not always do that thing, but when we decide to do it, we are allowing our courage to shine, and we are expanding our lives by being courageous enough to try those things that we are afraid of, and by dealing with pain without allowing that pain to control who we are and who we become.

This theme pertains to all aspects of our lives–relationships, spirituality, children, morality, health, wellness, and on and on. If we are willing to consider making changes that are frightening or intimidating, life will expand for us. However, if we are not willing to be courageous, we will see our life experiences shrink into complacency and conformity.

I want to be courageous; I want a life that expands. One day I want to look back on my life and say, “I had the courage to accomplish everything I wanted to in life, and therefore, I contributed everything I could.”

Expand your life today by showing a little bit of courage where you otherwise felt intimidated.

Questions to consider:

What does the word “courage” mean to you?

Why do so many people never explore their courage at all?

How can you make your life expand, through the use of your courage, right here and right now?

For further thought:

“Courage takes many forms. There is physical courage, there is moral courage. Then there is a still higher type of courage–the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.” ~ Howard Cosell, Like It Is


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