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Small Acts of Bravery

Small acts of bravery.  Yes, bravery does not have to look heroic and big all the time.  Each of us very likely experience small acts of bravery all day long.  We just don’t realize it.  My husband and I have been talking to our girls a lot about courage and bravery recently, as both are underpinnings to standing up for ourselves when needed.  As we were driving home from school yesterday, I asked my girls to share one small act of bravery from their day.  At first, my girls weren’t sure if they were brave at all.  I asked them to think a little deeper and gave them an example.  At their school, they have a wonderful tradition where upon entering school they are welcomed by a guide, they make eye contact, shake hands and share morning greetings.  That in and of itself is an act of bravery; an act of being seen, heard and valued exactly as we are by another.  How many times have I wanted to slip away unseen and unheard?  I can count many.  Showing up as we are in the moments where we feel shy, insecure or uncomfortable are acts of bravery.  It might not feel heroic, but in fact it is.

After the example, my girls shared some moments where they realized courage did play a role even though it was not obvious to them at the time. They also realized that along with courage often comes the feeling of vulnerability, another idea we love talking about at our house.  These discussions aren’t a way to feed my girls’ ego, but, rather, a way to build a healthy sense of self-confidence through the small moments that can go unnoticed.  And sometimes bravery and courage come with the belief that no matter what happened today, we are willing and open to try all over again tomorrow.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

-Mary Anne Radmacher

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  1. Rani Kabra #

    Dear Sheila, it is so good to hear your empowering thoughts, helps us to dig deep and find inner strength with in us. Please try to put all your post and publish a book, it will be awesome. Love Shradha Aunty.

    October 8, 2014
    • Thank you so much Aunty! Love and miss you all!

      October 8, 2014
  2. Katherine #

    Thank you for that, Sheila.
    I wonder what you think about this idea. I look back on how shy I used to be, and I think it is because I assumed others were judging me. But I realized that means I am judging those others to be judgmental. So really, you are practicing kindness by not being shy!

    October 8, 2014
    • Katherine, thank you for your thoughts! I agree, I think any time we tell ourselves stories about other people (ie they must be judging me) – they are exactly that, our stories, not necessarily the true reality of the situation. Also I feel that the stories/judgements we hold about others more often reflect on who we are than the other person. That’s been my experience. 🙂 I used to be very shy as well… There were many layers to me being that way, but time, experience, yoga/meditation have helped me to see myself more clearly and feel more free & comfortable in who I am. 🙂 see you Thursday!

      October 8, 2014

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