Monday, April 2, 2012


Have you ever chastised yourself for not being brave? What is bravery anyway? The dictionary says it is to be fearless. I disagree. Fear is an emotion that prevents us from doing something dangerous without thought. Therefore, I equate fearless with foolhardy.

Bravery then, is not the ability to act without fear, but the ability to act with thought and determination despite fear. Some things we should fear. I am not about to walk up to a cougar with bravery. That would be foolhardy. Other things we shouldn't fear. These are the things holding us back,  and these are the ones that we must face with thought and determination.

What are you afraid of? Public speaking?  Standing up for your rights? Failure? Success? Now is the time to act with true bravery. Face down those fears that shackle you. Take this moment to determine exactly what is holding you back, and then, even if your knees are buckling, or your hands are shaking, act. Act with determination and thought.

After all, it is a matter of bravery.


  1. Another excellent post. There are so many things that take bravery: sending out a query, moving to a new place, and so much more. this is a great topic for today.

  2. Thanks Dawn. I have to find some quiet time to get around and do some reading and commenting on blogs. Wait, I think I commented on yours already today. Yay me.

  3. I love this post, Dawn and totally agree with you. Bravery is to be afraid but still to act. The dictionary definition sounds more like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) than bravery to me (my son has it and he's certainly 'fearless!'
    I have two questions for you: Are you a member of Triberr and do you have a Twitter account so you can put the button on here to make it easy for people to follow you? Should you choose to reply via email, mine is
    Rhia (I put my A to Z # yesterday but noticed it's different today!!) Five Minutes Piece for Inspiration.

  4. Thanks Rhia,

    Yes, I agree that it does sound like an ADHD trait.
    I do not have a twitter account, and I must say, I am not familiar with Triberr. I will be checking out your blog for today, once I have mine posted. I am looking forward to it.


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