On Courage…

“To dwell on things that depress or anger us does not help in overcoming them.  One must knock them down alone.” ~Albert Einstein

One of my all time favorite quotes.  It sounds defeatist at first…but when you really sit and think about it…it’s dead on true. 

Yes…we need people to lean on at certain times…to share our fears and regrets with…and I can tell you there is a certain amount of comfort there.  But the reality is that the others can only do so much for us.  At the end of the day…when the lights are turned off…and you are alone with just you…that’s when it gets hard.  That’s when things get tricky…and we wonder if we can make it through the trials that hang around our neck.  It is also when we hurt the most…and realize, “This is MY problem.  Only I can get through this.”  That is a crazy, lonely place.  But there you are.

Take That First Step

It’s a monumental task…that first step.  To me it is quieting our thoughts for even the briefest of moments.  It is SO much easier said than done…I get that.  But start with a single thoughtless breath…or let yourself just be sad for a little while…not thinking how you got here…or how it sucks so bad.  Just be sad without thinking. 

Now you try.  I’ll wait.

I know your problems have not disappeared in the 2.3 seconds you spent not thinking…but if you’re like me there is a little glimmer of strength that wasn’t there before.  Perhaps you knocked a bit of sh*ttiness down in that short time.  And you did it by yourself.  Maybe Albert was on to something.  Rumor has it he was a pretty intelligent guy.  He might be worth listening to.
(NOTE: This pic may seem like a departure from the rock star inspirations…but Sir Albert bears a striking resemblance to David Crosby.  It also took a bit of courage to wear those shorts I’ll bet…)

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  1. Thanks for posting this great self development post. Several years ago I found it hard to just “be” and fully experience my emotions, without analyzing where they came from. Over time though I was able to settle and just be just feel while I breathe deeply. Now I use this technique a lot and like you say above doing so produces a glimmer of courage and strength.


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