40. Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.”

Ok, I was actually going to blog about the whole thingamajig about going to Dubai or not to follow up to my previous entry but I just had to blog about this revelation I had earlier on… It occured to me while I was watching The Hobbit, no less, and I figured that it was extremely fitting to follow up my previous entry titled Fear with this one that talks about Courage. No worries, there’re not going to be any spoilers about The Hobbit if you’ve not watched it yet… Hmm, I hope I don’t reveal anything too much anyway.

Alright just a little background for understanding. There I was, eyes glued to the screen, watching this epic tale, and it was nearing the end of the story – mind you it was way past 2 hours since the movie started – when the group of dwarves was confronted by Orcs. The king of the Dwarves (ok i’ll try not to reveal too much here) had charged head-on to challenge the king of the Orcs and was well, about to die. It was at that moment when the dwarves’s king’s head was about to be beheaded that this tiny little Hobbit ran full speed from his safe place to confront the orc and saved the dwarves’ king. Ok, so imagine this tiny little thing, often considered as the outsider and without skill or courage, charging towards the enemy without a care for his own life to save another person’s life. It was after he did that, that all the other dwarves who were hanging on to their own lives, came to charge and confront all the other orcs without fear. This was when I had a moment when something clicked in my head and I went Aha!

I realised that courage, especially when it exists in a form that is utterly unexpected, can bring forth such a profound effect. The courage that came from a tiny Hobbit motivated others to charge forward and fight for what they believed is right, when moments earlier, they were fearing for their own lives. It came from the most unlikely of sources, and yet, that was where the magic lies.

In life, have you ever wondered if your actions ever have the ability to motivate and incite courage in others? Have you ever realised that when you take the first step to do something, it gives others the courage and permission to do the same? That step may be towards something positive or negative, that is your choice to make. But it works the same anyway. For example, when I made the choice to embrace adventure and live overseas for a couple of months to see the world and chase after life lessons, what I’m not realising is that I’m also opening up the space and allowing others to do the same. I’m showing them “Look, this can be done. There’s no reason why you can’t do it.”. I may showing it for the people closest to me, for example my friends and family. Without realising it, I may also be showing it to whoever happens crosses my path, or maybe someone who has heard or read my story. To show to others that it can be done, to give them the little extra bit of courage to do the same, to spread the love and knowledge. You know… Just do it!

So really what I’m trying to say is that.. The next time you’re thinking of doing something that’s beyond your comfort zone, something you know will positively impact your lives and others, but you’re just not too sure about it… Look within yourself for that tiny bit of courage and charge forward. Do it. You’ll never know who you’re giving the permission and courage to do the same too. ❤

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