365 Days of Courage #2: Courage is a heart word

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I love this definition of courage by Brene Brown. The full quote is:

Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences - good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think if as “ordinary courage.”
— Brene Brown

It is this "ordinary courage" that I'm referring to when I think about the word Courage both as my theme for 2019 and in the larger context of The Midlife Courage Project.

The idea of speaking my mind and speaking from my heart. Not saying or doing what I think I'm "supposed" to say or do. To be fully and unapologetically Sally in all my glory. To trust that I am enough. To trust my intuition which also feels like a heart word to me. To rely on my instincts and to trust that I know what's best for me. No-one else knows me better than I do.

I'm ready to live what Liz Gilbert calls "an amplified life." In her wonderful book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, she describes an amplified life as "a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life and a hell of a lot more interesting life.

In 2019, my goal is to practice everyday courage on a daily basis to bring that amplified life to life.

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