Dictionary definition: brave
1. Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.
2. Making a fine display; impressive or showy: “a coat of brave red lipstick on a mouth so wrinkled that it didn’t even have a clear outline” (Anne Tyler).
3. Excellent; great
I think fortune (as such) favours those who get up no matter how many times they get knocked down and carry on. Resilience, fortitude and sometimes sheer bloody mindedness keeps them going and that is my definition of bravery. Fortune is a transitory thing, materially based and I value inner happiness far more than anything transitory, material or financially based.
There was an ad. on TV aroundabout 2001 for margarine or somesuch everyday item ; ‘Do something that scares you every day’ it exhorted, with folk leaping off a boardwalk into a lake…at the time I had a very ill (unable to function) husband and that chapter lasted a good few years, his new business to run that I knew very little about and was trying to pick up the reins to run with and a lassie about to start private school. I remember looking at the TV and thinking ‘Do something that scares me every day?….uuurrrmmmm that would be getting out of bed each morning’.
At the start of this year I jumped off the corporate treadmill and flew solo to do the spiritual work, writing, painting and creating that comes so naturally to me. Foolhardy, financial madness or just plain mad, indulgent and quite a few other sharp, but no doubt well intentioned, judgments have been sent my way. I have kept going, trying new things and dusting myself off each time I have been knocked back. Yesterday I stood in a sun drenched studio (yes, it is late October) and stepped back and viewed my ‘up and coming’ latest creative idea and I just know that magic is weaving it’s way through this one.
I don’t see myself as brave, nor partciluarily favoured by fortune, but I am without doubt being authentic with myself. I keep standing up again and again and I do ‘believe’ (IMOM x).