I just love the picture above.
There is something so daringly exciting about this tiny human facing the extreme forces of nature and riding this humungous wave!
The odds seem insurmountable and yet he does it notwithstanding – his thrill and joy is palpable.
But there is something deeper here that I think the artist is trying to convey.
And I think it’s about courage. The sheer raw courage of going up against such power is beautifully portrayed in this picture.
So, I have adopted it as a theme for my 2017 experience.
I like to have a theme on the year – it sets a much more colourful tone and allows more latitude than a goal or a mission.
I started, by the way, with success.
Too worn out!
Then I moved onto purpose – too confronting (still not sure I actually get my purpose even after 63 years!).
And just now, whilst I was putting this all together it just came to me – courage.
This emerge as a result of a recent session I had with a client – I’ll refer to her as Sam.
“I think that all my life I questioned my courage,” she said. “I remember a time when I deliberately put myself in extreme danger because I feared that, if I didn’t act, I would have to live the rest of my life knowing that I was a coward!
“As insane as it was, I have never forgotten the rush of adrenalin that pumped through my veins when I came out of it unscathed. It was delicious! And from that moment on I just knew that I had some courage – at least!
“It was the first day of the rest of my life. I had found a part of myself that I thought I did not possess. And then I went on to discover that courage was not always about doing. There was a different kind of courage required in notdoing and part of that courage was facing the disapproval and judgement of others.
“But at the same time an epiphany emerged – trusting my intuition worked! I could trust myself and my perspectives even though others might not.”
Courage . . . .
The definition of courage found at dictionary.com is:
- the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc.without fear.
Interestingly enough, I see it a little differently:
- the quality of mind or spirit that is fearful of difficulty, danger, pain, and yet moves forward and does it anyway.
The courage/fear playoff is an important dynamic and is at work a lot of the time. Often fear rules the day and forward motion is delayed.
What is the thing that you are fearful of? What aspect requires you to apply courage to move forward?
This is a big question but, at the same time, it also offers the area for the biggest growth.
What am I going for in this context?
I think my biggest fear is facing myself.
What does that mean?
Well, that’s a subject for another article.