Saturday, January 14, 2017

What does #Brave Mean to You?

What if for one moment each day we take the plunge of taking the steps to be #brave to try something that we always shied away from. Being #brave doesn’t necessarily mean, putting yourself in harm’s way and running into a burning building. It doesn’t have to be huge. It can be something simple, such as, instead of staying on the sidelines you join in on the fun on the dance floor and not worry about how you look to other people. Believe me it will rejuvenate your soul and get your endorphins going, that you may even find yourself joining in on the next karaoke song.

Quite a few years ago, I ventured out of my comfort zone and conquered up bravery to go zip-lining in the Dominican Republic. I almost chickened out when I saw how high the scaffolding ladder went to get to the position of being secured to the zip-line. With the encouragement of my husband and daughters I took a deep breath and went for it. The experience was exhilarating to say the least and I haven’t regretted it for a minute. If I hadn’t dug deep down in myself to bring my bravery out I would have missed out on an amazing experience that I would never have been able to relish in the memories with my hubby and girls.

What have you done lately in being #brave? Looking forward to hearing about your experience! 

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  1. Most of us will never face those huge things that require bravery but it's funny how we struggle with the little stuff that doesn't even matter.
    Glad you went ziplining. It is really fun.

    1. Hi Alex, it's all about baby steps and letting go of the fear. Have a grand day! Best, Donna

  2. Brave means doing what is right despite one's fear.

  3. I agree with everyone. Brave is standing up for your beliefs no matter what others say. It also means having cataract surgery that I kept putting off. Glad I did. Great topic.

  4. I liked what John Wayne said about courage. He said that the cowboy with courage was the guy that was scared to death, with respect to a coming journey, but chose to saddle-up anyway.

  5. I agree that being brave rejuvenates us and helps us overcome things we thought we couldn't. I try to push myself when it comes to marketing my book. It isn't easy, but I have to be a little more brave than I am nervous. :) The tagline for my book is- Fear not the unexpected. Be brave and try not to be afraid.

  6. So much truth to what you say here. Most of us look for the easy way through life or we just hide from the challenges.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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