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”.
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.
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.