UpBeat Spiritual Living: Reblog from Ripplespillers on Courageous Living
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In 2 Timothy 1:7, we read: For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-control.
Susan Wilson of Ripplespillers writes on courageous living (http://ripplespillers.com/cultivating-a-courageous-life/), so beautifully that I am simply reblogging it here. Enjoy, ponder, and start following Susan’s writings.
When you open your mouth, do you roar with the integrity and power of an authentic purpose, or do you squeak in feeble, quiet hesitation, unsure of your truth and your message? Are you beginning each day from a solid centre, strong, confident, assured? Or do you creep from your bed, hoping you’ll be able to get through the day without confrontation, attack, or prejudice?
I have a confession: I’m much more of a mouse than a lion. For years, I’ve lived my days with an attitude of fear, keeping my head down, doing my work, living my life, trying not to look up in case I might see another act of cruelty or read of another species wiped from the face of the earth in our insatiable hunger for progress.
Oh, I’ve put on a good mask: I doubt anyone but the most perceptive soul would regard me as anything but confident, fun-loving and sure-footed.
And they’d be half-right, because, on a good day, when the wind’s facing the right direction, and my hormones are properly balanced – an occasion about as frequent as a seasonal equinox! – I am all of those things. I am confident, I do love to laugh, and I do know where I’m going and what I’m doing. Oh, that there were more of those days!
What I’m not, though, is courageous. And I so want to be. I want to have that ‘spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ that Paul writes of in the Bible (2 Timothy 1:7). I want to have the courage to stand up and be counted, to stop settling for dull existence over vibrant life, to speak up against cruelty and disrespect when I encounter it and not simply accept that life is what it is, people are what they are, I am what I am.
Because if I know anything, I know that I can change. I know that I am changing. I can see it; I can feel it; and I thank God for it. Because a life of sameness and routine would be a very dull life indeed.
I’m not there yet, though.
If I want to live a courageous life, I have to start making courageous decisions. And, like so much of life, that kind of transformative change will only come about once I start changing my thoughts. I will not have the heart of a warrior if I don’t have the mindset to begin with.
What will my warrior spirit look like? Well, it won’t be antagonistic, violent or greedy. It will be generous, respectful, and gentle. But it will be uncompromising in its tolerance of cruelty and prejudice. Instead of turning a blind eye, it will rise indignantly, join with other warrior spirits in action, and it will do its part in building a world that is based on generosity and respect. That’s the world I want to be part of.
So, how to begin?
This is what Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, has to say about acting courageously in our daily round.
They [courageous acts] may be so small that only you realize something’s going on. But one day, all those small but indelible moments of private courage will burst through. And both you and your world will have changed in an authentic moment.
She describes it as throwing a pebble into a pond, and seeing the water ripple out. And that’s the essence behind the wholeRipplespillersconcept – that by acting in accordance with our authentic spirit, our lives can impact our world through the ripples we send out – living our lives every day in spirit and in truth.
In order to cultivate that authentic spirit, we need to nurture it, give it what it needs in order to flourish. We need to practise. We need to begin to change our thoughts, and our choices. And we need to care. We need to care what happens not just to ourselves and our loved ones, but what happens in our communities, our landscapes, and our nations.
Because life is precious, and, like everything precious, it needs to be cared for and protected.
And what better protector than the courageous warrior?
(This is Day 26 in ‘A Royal Progress through Your Life’. Catch the vision here.)
● Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.
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