This Week’s Quotation:

Courage is a habit. When you discover that you can live your life being true to yourself, nothing else will do.

Becoming a Sun p. 258

Courage Is a Habit

David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

Courage is the daring to perform brave physical acts. But it is so much more. When you think of all the things we can be courageous about—courageous enough to think for yourself, express the deeper feelings of your heart, and act—doesn’t it come down to this; being true to yourself?

Put it to the test. Brave acts are foolish if you aren’t true to who you are. Courageous thought by someone caught up in an egoic stage of consciousness can lack morality. That’s not really courageous. And who wants to be awash with the deep feelings of a lost soul?

So don’t we come to that sometimes elusive path to being true to ourselves? I do.

I remember when I got the big idea that the best way to go through life might be as myself. I realized that I was living in the belief that I’d be in deep trouble if people met the real me. And so, I made the courageous choice to show on the outside who I was on the inside. Of course, it doesn’t seem so frighteningly audacious now. But at the time, it was a grand experiment in self-expression.

Many years later, there is no box to check.

Courage. Did that.

For me, it is much more like a process. It is as relevant now as ever. How do I greet this day with the fullness of who I am? How do I greet you that way?

That takes the courage to be myself. It takes the courage to truly live. That can become a habit.

What does it mean to become a sun?

Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.

5 Responses

  1. Thank you, David, for your beautiful words of experience. Cour-age comes in the knowing. This is the revelation of being who we are and meeting and greeting each moment with trust that I’m here for this, I can do this.” Courage ensues in the steadiness of being, holding steady in everything that comes. The heart of love gives courage in knowing and understanding.

  2. Being true to the truth of myself has often required me to act in ways that aren’t particularly welcomed by the prevailing culture. Nevertheless I have summoned the courage to reveal who I truly am and have even made it a habit.

  3. Yes. People think of courage as something expressed during warfare of in an emergency when you must overcome extreme adsersity. What about the courage to speak one’s heart, to be true in each moment no matter what others might think … the courage to turn the other cheek when it feels like you want to fight back … courage to speak out when a bully is trouncing an innocent person on the job .. WITH YOU DAVID WITH THE COURAGE TO BE Who i TRULY AM. Love, Tom

  4. Courageous message here with what you express and the development of self mastery is to harness the Union of One which expresses yourself fully.

    When I observe people who move with through life with ease, dance, play music, teach, engineers, public speakers, athletes, writers and artists. I can appreciate that they have truly done the conscious alignment of knowing who they are. They are human masters showing up in the bond of self realisation, is it courageous or is it conscious confidence ?

    Human mastery probably doesn’t stop in the list of occupations or daily lives I’ve provided. As I see it in so many more human forms and aspects too. It’s a beautiful energy to be in and experience the ease of the Union of self – the mind, body and spirit harmonised for all to witness.

    Nature too is courageous in its ability to simple be who and what it is.

    Thank you for being courageous in showing the world who you are all you express and provide.

  5. This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any one.

    (slight modification from Hamlet)

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