The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I snapped this photo of my office after a client’s session today. To frame this post, I looked up quotes about being brave and came across the one above by Stanton. It felt apropos considering what happened on the Hill today and what happens within us when we are unwilling to give voice to our truth.
Although sometimes we’re not clear on our truth and, as we grow and change, need to spend some time exploring and questioning things we may have considered truths.
There’s a mindfulness saying I like, “Is it true? Is it real?” What we feel and think is real. It’s real to us. However, is it true? For example, is it really too late to go back to school? Are there really no other options for handling a tough situation? Is it really true you have to work 24/7?
Sometimes we get so stuck in our definition of truth that we fail to see alternatives and can feel trapped. Bravery is stepping outside those long-held beliefs and considering a different way.
And when we take a step back from doing things as we’ve always done them, we may find ourselves shining in new ways. Life looks different. We’re no longer just following an old path or outdated way of being and thinking, but we’ve given space for something brewing deep within to begin to blossom.
What would being brave look like for you? Bisous. x