I’m wrapping up April with a feature on the blogger who took the Courage Challenge to another level. On a daily basis, she wrote about how a particular moment in her day became an opportunity to practice courage. Her stories are an example of how often we need to apply courage in our life, and thus how important this virtue is. I am reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou.
I am talking about the blog it’ssoofa’i. Read more about her Courage journey. I particularly like her post about exercising courage in giving and reserving judgment, which I have reblogged before. I am grateful for her sharing her journey because her stories remind me that courage is not just about conquering fears. Her stories allowed me to see different ways where I can apply courage — in restraint, in discipline, in generosity, in hard work, among many others. I also admire her honesty on the days when she thought she failed to apply courage. I need to practice that courage, too.
As for me, I completed April’s “Dare to Change” challenge by:
- Changing my hairstyle. It is the quickest change that took a little effort on my part and a lot of trust on the hair stylist. It wasn’t just a haircut. It was changing the style and giving myself a fresh look. I went for the shortest cut I’ve ever gone. I love how the pixie cut requires minimal maintenance and gives an edgier look. It is empowering.
- Changing my career path. I have made the decision to return to work, changing my status from stay-at-home to working mom. I don’t have the specifics yet, but the decision is made. This is the scariest change for me because it opens a can of new worries — Will I be able to handle the additional responsibility? Do I still remember my work skills? Can I still do the job I left 4+ years ago and keep up with my new peers?
- Changing homes. Well, not yet. But we are starting to look for one. Once again, our family is itching to move to a new home. This summer will be our 3rd year in this current home, and somehow we always move after 1-3 years. We will probably just be staying in the same city, but we’re looking for a bigger apartment for the growing kids, and to get a decent office/study room for change #2.
Changes can be scary enough to convince us to keep the status quo. But once we make the change, it has a magical way of liberating us from our fears and empowering us to take bigger, bolder changes. Our comfort zone grows. We grow.
Here’s to one new item to my list of Things That No Longer Scare Me… the fear of making a change.