My boss’ new slogan for the year is “Be Brave 2014”. She had me blow it up in big letters, add a Chinese symbol on it, print it on a piece of 11 x 17″ paper (my new FAVORITE size paper, by the way) and hang it on her office door, facing in so she can see it. So what does the word “brave” really mean? I’m not part of the world where tigers and lions run rampant, where we defend our young against various attackers, and we have to stand up for what we believe on a regular basis. I’m a girl whose daily ritual has her driving the same roads, walking into the same office, and living the same mundane life day after day. How do I “Be Brave” in this kind of environment?
Perhaps bravery is mastery of the mundane, making your environment work for you, rather than feeling a slave to it. Perhaps bravery is sticking with something that you start, being bold in who you are, or the choices that you make, or the projects you take on. Perhaps bravery is taking that tiny inkling of fear that is inside you –the fear that makes you uncomfortable to take a step into the realm of happiness. The fear that makes you cross your fingers and hope this is not all a big, huge mistake. You do it all because you are infinitely hopeful that this is part of your journey. Your bravery stems from knowing that you have a journey, and taking it upon yourself to embark on it.
Maybe that’s what bravery is. Maybe courage is about taking the steps to live to your fullest potential, despite the status quo barking it’s regimented numbers and rules to you….
Here is to being Brave this year! Like never before!