Bravery and Bears

Thank you to all who have been brave enough to serve and protect!

 

Often when we talk about people being brave we talk about soldiers, heroes and survivors.  We tend to forget about those things each of us do every day that is brave.  Bravery means feeling fear and taking action anyway.  We all feel small amounts of fear every day.  We are inundated with messages about not being good enough unless we buy this or that; the news tells us all the time about how dangerous the world we live in is.  So we are encouraged to feel fear at almost every turn.

Yesterday while shopping at Costco, I saw a pile of huge bears.  My first thought was, “I want to jump in and snuggle them!” my second thought was, “I will look foolish and get laughed at.”  There it was.  Fear.  Fear of judgement and looking foolish.

I stared at that thought for a good minute while I was pushing my cart ever closer to the bears.  I could feel the fear trying to stop me.  I don’t like feeling afraid.  I also know that facing down our fears is the only way to overcome them.  So I decided right then and there that I was not only going to jump right in to that bear pile in the middle of the store, I was also going to take a picture of myself doing so and share it online.  Let people laugh if they want to! And I hope you will laugh because I laughed as I jumped into that giant pile of bears and I laughed and enjoyed life in spite of the fears.  Laughter is a way to know you are enjoying life.

So be brave today!

Jump into life and enjoy it!

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Life is too short to have bad days! What are you doing to make today great?

I jumped into a pile of bears :>  

Thank you to all who have been brave enough to serve and protect!

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