Welcome back to the Elevate Your Vibe series! Courage is up next at 200 on the vibrating scale of emotions. If you haven’t caught up on the series yet, read about the lower vibrating emotions here. Dr. Hawkins defines courage as “the willingness to try new things and deal with the vicissitudes of life… the capacity to face fears… where productivity begins.” Now we’re talking!
Historical figures who exhibited great courage such as Rosa Parks, Thomas Jefferson and Mahatma Gandhi are generally familiar to most people. And while these people did amazing things and are truly incredible examples of courage…
Let’s bring it a little closer to home.
In a recent conversation with my sister, she told me of her close friend whose daughter is in a treatment facility for a pornography addiction. Now comes the courage. This could be quite shameful to many- pushing some parents to hide what’s happening in their family. These parents, however, exemplified courage by ‘dealing with the vicissitudes in life’ in a remarkable way. They put together a class on the harmful effects of pornography and what they wish they would have done differently in their family. They reached out inviting people in their community to come into their home and learn from their experience. Wow! Definitely an elevated vibe coming from them, which in turn benefits those who participated in their class! Win. Win.
A Courageous Son
How about this sweet story of a mother dying in the hospital from a long battle with colon cancer and her two sons come to visit. In the mother’s less than senile state, she questioned her sons ‘why am I here in the hospital?’ believing that it’s her nerves and not her chronic condition. One of the brothers was scared to answer his mother’s questions and said nothing. He watched with admiration as the other brother grasped his mother’s hand and in a moment of courage told the truth. Speaking softly, he said “Mother, you know you will not be leaving this hospital alive.” The mother responded in a moment of lucidity with, “I know.” Such courage from that young son to speak the hard truth with kindness. You see, courage doesn’t always need to be bold and outspoken. Courage can be shown in tenderness and softness as well, backed by the powerful vibration of love.
Showing Parental Courage
As parents, we have opportunities to show courage on a daily basis. In fact just today as my children and I were leaving the gym, my three year old son had a meltdown. I was so close to shaming him and expressing my embarrassment of being in public with a wailing toddler, when in a moment of my own lucidity (as an under slept parent I am less than senile myself, wink ;)) I caught myself from reacting emotionally harmful toward my son. Instead, I took a breath and sat down in the middle of the hall where my son was. I mustered up the courage to look a little ridiculous to passersby and confronted my three year old with kindness. We softly conversed for a minute until he settled down and then we were able to walk out of the gym like decent human beings. Success!
So for today…
Take a minute to be courageous and then please share your stories in the comments! Sometimes courage is simply being willing to be vulnerable! So, that hard conversation you’ve been avoiding with your child/spouse/sibling, go for it! That thing you’ve always wanted to try, but keep putting off, do it! Or that small business you’ve been wanting to start–take the first step! You’re worth it. I repeat. YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Carpe Diem! -Krissy