Crank Up The Courage

Living Bliss - Head In The Clouds


I’m not a water baby. So much for Cancer being my sign.

Swimming lessons came to an abrupt end after the instructor pushed me into the pool. Apparently time for mustering courage to jump in did not fit the lesson plan.

As I continued to flail under the water in total disorientation, he shoved a red pole in my face. Let me just say, grabbing and flailing aren’t very compatible actions.

But I lived.


Fast forward to high school where phys ed includes swimming.


Swim or fail.


Yet somehow I pass three badge levels during our time at the pool.

Where did that come from?

(Still dislike being in the water by the way.)


Don’t look for me jumping out of planes, scaling mountains on fingertips or riding roller coasters of any size.

But I can knock on doors, speak in front of crowds, stand alone on an issue or say what needs to be said.

Cold calling for sales – not so much.

All of these cause one reaction or another – a pounding heart, a stomach full of butterflies, a severe case of procrastination or thoughts racing back and forth screaming “run away, run fast, run far”.




What gives?

Where does courage come from in some situations and remain totally absent in others?


What if we are never without courage, and always part of our being to draw upon.

Instead of courage being absent, we choose not to bring it forward at times.



Although this makes sense.


Courage is part of who we are.

We know enough, whether we’re aware or not, to hold back or turn down the courage-o-meter the further we diverge from our true selves. No sense heading on down a road only to come all the way back.

The meter cranks up where who we really are is trying to come through.


What we call courage is the extra nudge – and sometimes push – we give ourselves to go further than we believe.

And sometimes don’t believe at all.


We’re never without courage uniquely ours.

One person’s courage won’t look the same for all.

Listen carefully to what courage is asking and you’re bound to find a whole lot more You there.




Living Bliss is a jump-in-with-both-feet look at where Life bumps into the everyday – whether at work, play or times in between. Bliss knows no separation in the end. From a deeper dive into the ordinary pops forward the extraordinary life we search for – and has been there waiting for us to be.


Lorraine Watson Follow Your Light

Blissed by cats, potatoes and clouds, Lorraine is a “left-brained creative big picture idea” type who never stops questioning or connecting the dots to make real what isn’t yet seen. She uses her knack for combining intuitive abilities and logic to help re-ignite what Lights you up inside and make real “there’s something more”. Lorraine’s deepest wish is for you to be full of yourself in everything you do – a life truly lived in bliss.


9 thoughts on “Crank Up The Courage

    • Thanks Linda! Glad to know I’m not alone in what others might call a quirky set of fears. Hope you turn up the courage-o-meter to bolster your heart’s desires come true.


  1. Hi Lorraine.

    When we REALLY want to do something we call on courage. We can apply this REALLY want to do something to just about anything by finding the right motivator. I feared flying because I was never on a plane. Then my first flight was from New York to Bali. 23 hours in total.

    I REALLY wanted to see Bali and travel the world so I mustered up the courage to spend 23 hours 36,000 feet in the air, in a steel tube full of people.

    Like your swimming experience, we can find a away once we apply our courage, and yep, we always have access to it.

    Great share Lorraine, thanks for the inspiration!


    • Wow Ryan, 23 hours flying. You certainly jumped in with both feet instead of taking baby steps. Flying isn’t at the top of my list and I too past experiences and destinations to open up the channels to let courage flow.


  2. I had to chuckle at your swimming story, Lorraine! It reminded me of my first attempt at scuba diving. I KNEW it was impossible to breathe under water, and went into total panic.

    Yes, it took courage to overcome that fear, but, boy, was it worth it! I ended up enjoying diving so much that I bought a place in the Caribbean just so I could dive.

    Thanks for sharing this – sometimes I leave my courage behind, so I really needed that reminder!


    • Very cool Alan! And a great example of how moving through the impossible opens up whole new worlds waiting for us to see.

      Oddly enough, while writing this post thoughts of scuba diving came to mind. I was surprised to learn for as much as I don’t like being in the water, being under the water is something I’d be willing to try.


  3. Fear is such an odd thing, isn’t it? I’m not afraid of spiders or snakes or mice, but I’m afraid to pick up the phone and call ANYone, even close friends and relatives.

    In my own life, I think sometimes I get the wrong message… that it’s others who are telling me I need to gather my courage and do this or that, when really I should be exercising my courage for something that I am passionate about. Maybe I’m missing my calling.

    Life is a journey. We’re never finished learning and making new discoveries.


    • Willena, you hit the nail on the head – your courage is your own to apply. I’d say you aren’t missing your calling, but hearing its louder whispers! I’m excited for the many new discoveries ahead for you.


  4. Your reflections certainly spoke to me – courageous here but not there. I also discovered that courage is not the absence of fear but going for it despite the fear! It just has to really matter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *