To Be Brave

Something happened to me today when I read this blog post.  As my eyes passed over the words and my mind processed what they were saying, I experienced a physical reaction.  I could feel the thump-thump of my heart increase with each word and my breath was coming more quickly as I took it all in. I am pretty new to this blog thing and since this post was written nearly three years ago, it may very well be old news to most. For me, however, I was supposed to read it today

You see, yesterday, Charlie came home from pre-school and I could tell he was upset.  It took several hours before he was ready to talk about it and he finally told me me that he was tired of playing a game with someone at school. . . but he never spoke up.

My son tends to be timid.  A bit shy.  He hates to be noticed.  He is very slow to use his voice in public.  My son is so much like his mother. I spent much of today processing this and wondering what I can do to help him.  I don’t want him to be fearful.  I want him to be confident enough to use his voice.  I want him to understand that even though he is scared. . . it is better to try something scared, than to not try it at all.  So when I read the following  words by Elenore Rosevelt, I knew it was time for me to take action. 

Do one thing every day that scares you.

These words are exactly what I needed to hear.  I was struck with the reality that I can not expect Charlie to do anything that I will not do myself.  So, here I am ready to embark on this Be Brave Project as presented in this awesome challenge.  
I like the number 1 rule to the challenge:


    . . . so that is what I intend to do.  
My heart and my spirit stir at the possibilities.  So much of my life is and has been spent doing things that are comfortable.  I have known for some time that I need to step outside of my comfort zone and do things that don’t feel so good, but will pay off in the long run.  I will take a few days (no longer than a week) to think about this and then will embark on this journey of risk. 
What I like about this challenge is that it gives anyone the freedom to define their own journey.  What is scary for one might not be scary for another. . . and that is okay.  It is my journey or your journey.  I am excited!  I am so very excited to challenge myself in this way.  I hope that this can become a lifestyle and that my example might speak more to Charlie than my words every could.   
I hope to will write about this.  I will write about this journey and see where it leads. . . even if it is not as successful as I hope. 
My first scary act?  Setting a date. . . it makes it real. . . a committment. . . 
Start date will be Sept  25th.  Anyone careto join me?

  • lisa - September 17, 2010 - 11:22 am

    I'm in! This is so perfect for what I just started last night…started the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class at our church…and it is definitely out of my comfort zone!!ReplyCancel

  • Charbelle - September 17, 2010 - 11:47 am

    I'll be cheering you on!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - September 17, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    I'm so glad you came across this information when you most needed it. I might have put the invitation out years ago…but it is applicable EVERY single day! 🙂 Here's to being brave…and to having support along the way.

    All my best

  • Rachael Hammett - September 22, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    So excited to see how God works in and through you as you embark on "being brave." I've been thinking about you regarding this and praying each moment you come to mind. Friday is on the way!ReplyCancel

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