In this year’s Days of Possible Diary, I created a provocation in the opening pages that prompted kin to ponder when they have chosen courage in their lives. As we’re nearly halfway through the year, I’m revisiting the provocations. Remembering times in my life when I have been courageous before (even in the tiniest of ways), helps me keeping being courageous when I’m in the presence of doubt, fear and self-criticism. Because the thing about courage is that it isn’t comfortable. It’s an act of vulnerability. There is no act of courage that doesn’t involve the risk, uncertainty and emotional exposure of vulnerability.
“You can be courageous or comfortable, but never both at the same time.” – Brené Brown
Courage is a heart word
The word ‘courage’ is derived from the Latin word for heart (cor), and it originally meant to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. So I’m offering you some extra journaling prompts to ponder on courage as we dive into the second half of 2018, and continuing writing our story. Grab your favourite notebook, pour a cup of tea and dig in. x
- When was the last time you did something courageous? Even in a tiny way?
- What were thinking at the time?
- How does courage feel in your body?
- How do you experience fear? How does fear hold you back?
Remembering your courage
- When have you felt afraid, yet chosen to act?
- When have you doubted yourself, and tried anyway?
- When have you followed your heart?
- When have you persisted in the face of adversity?
- When have you stood up for what was right?
- When have you let go of the familiar and expanded your horizons?
- When have you faced suffering with dignity?
- When have you failed to show courage and regretted it?
- How might your life be different if you had more courage?
- In what areas of your life would you like to have more courage right now?
- If I could give you a mega dose of courage, what would you do?
- What one action could you take that would move you forward?
- What’s stopping you from taking that action?
- Who can you ask for help and moral support? When will you ask them?
- What will happen if you don’t make a decision or if you do?
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”- Anaïs Nin