Back in January I shared that this year I’d be focusing on 2019 being a year of you and living in each day (as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow). We’ll be continuing that for the last 3 months of the year, and this month as we think about Halloween and related topics, I want to spend some time talking about bravery. The dictionary explains bravery and brave as possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance; valor; to defy; to challenge; to dare; boldness; and heroic. But there’s also another word that I see, and that’s magnificence.
That word is one of the reasons why I want to talk about bravery this month, because bravery makes you a better person. It makes you have some extra shine in your countenance, pep in your step, and an almost magnetic quality about you. Bravery not only motivates, inspires, encourages and empowers you, it can do the same for others in your circle or that come into contact with you or hear about your story.
Bravery can positively impact all areas of your life, from the TV you choose to watch to the company you keep to the career you have to the places you choose to go to the shopping choices you make. Bravery isn’t about blindly acting or even about doing dangerous stuff or going dangerous places, but about breaking through what holds you back, ending bad habits, making healthier decisions even if they’re hard, and finding the courage to try new things.
Being brave starts with one step, one action, one decision or one word. It can be as simple as saying no, asking for help, cleaning out a closet, opening your bills, or taking the time to talk with your partner each day (about more than the weather and not as an argument). How will you be brave today?