Courage

Think about this statement for a moment.

If you have courage, if you take risks, if you push your boundaries, if you're ballsy and challenge yourself, your life EXPANDS.

If you don't, it doesn't.  It shrinks, plain and simple.  Like a deflated balloon.  Do you want your life to resemble a deflated balloon??

I KNOW you don't want THAT.

What if Walt hadn't had the courage to dream like he did?  What if he'd never gotten up the nerve to pursue his big dreams?

We'd have no princesses to laugh and complain and argue about, lol.

AND we would have no Magic Kingdom.  =(

Now, take this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

I absolutely LOVE Eleanor Roosevelt and her strong, smart sayings.  How can anyone argue with her??  How many times have you had to do the very thing you thought you just couldn't do?  I can't even count how many times anymore.  Yet here I stand.

Life would be a pretty bland dish of potatoes without a dash of courage, that's for sure.  Don't get me wrong here, I'm NOT saying we all have to go cutting off our ears to prove our bravery, far from it.  But just think about something you've been dreaming of, something you've been longing to attempt but put off over and over again.  What is it?  Why haven't you attempted it yet?

Sometimes it IS the quiet voice.  Getting up again tomorrow and trying again takes a TON of courage.  Sometimes that is the only thing that gets us through the day, knowing that tomorrow will give us another chance to win.

I just had to include the Cowardly Lion.  I think this is my favorite scene in the whole "Wizard of Oz" movie.  Brings me to tears every time.

You CAN win.  But only if you find your courage and GET UP, stand up.  Don't give up the fight. (Thanks Bob Marley).