In some ways, being brave is like riding a bike. It’s hard at first, almost impossibly hard. And you really need someone walking alongside you to figure it out. But after you get the hang of it, being brave starts to get easier. There’s a natural response waiting. And the more you choose to be brave, the easier it is to be brave again.
“Bravery begets bravery.” Annie F. Downs, Let’s All Be Brave
As Annie explains in Let’s All Be Brave (which is a seriously awesome book you definitely need to read), we don’t have to look for courage. It lies dormant in each of us until the moment to be brave comes along. When we manage to stir up that courage and stand in bravery, your bravery grows and rises to the situation each time.
“…it’s not a journey to courage. The moment you take that first step, the moment you start, little seeds to courage, the ones I believe are already planted there right now, begin to sprout in your heart. You aren’t headed out to find courage. It’s in you…” Annie F. Downs, Let’s All Be Brave
Now it’s time for a little horticulture knowledge (because I’m a horticulturalist). Continuing this analogy that courage is like a seed planted in you…when we let it grow and bloom, do you know what happens? As time goes on that blossom fades away, replaced by seeds. And through a season of change, those seeds dry out and drop to the ground, fading into the soil. Time goes on and eventually, something changes again, and they start to sprout, bursting forth from the soil in shocking numbers, replacing the original seed hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of times over.
If our courage is like a seed, each season it must sprout anew. [bctt tweet=”Maybe this is why it always feels like we are being called to be brave again.”] But the amazing part is that with each season, our courage grows exponentially. Bravery begets bravery. Courage cultivates courage.
Unfortunately, doubt, fear, and insecurities multiply like weed seeds as well, and so no matter how many times we choose to be brave, we will always face these as well. Not allowing them to take root and form a foundation in our hearts is the key, and over time they will diminish as our courage grows.
But it requires constant work to beat back the seeds of despair. It takes continual cultivation to weed out fear. And more so, it takes a renewed commitment to bravery each day, as we choose whether to live brave in the small moments or not.
This post is part of my #write31days series for 2015: Living Brave. Each day in October, I will be posting about living brave and what that looks like in everyday life. Curious about 31 Days? Check out the website and the hundreds of other bloggers joining in this year: 31 Days.