Every day, we have a chances to show our courage.
We could have that conversation with a colleague that is bothering us.
We could call the venture capitalist we met at a friend’s party.
We could talk to our boss about the project that we would really love to do.
We could tell our family we won’t be making the 14 hour flight to come home for the holidays.
We could even eat that raw oyster.
There is no end of reasons we can come up with. But it’s really the lack of courage and fear that stops us. We get used to certain patterns in our life and we lack the courage to change them.
But the lack of courage creates its own kind of hell. In the words of writer and care-giver Stephen Levine,
“Safety is the most unsafe spiritual path you can take. Safety keeps you numb and dead. People are caught by surprise when it comes time to die. They have allowed themselves to live so little.”