I love the Brene Brown’s blog and I was taken by the most recent entry on choosing a word, a theme of sorts for 2012. And before conscious my brain could kick in, immediately the word “courage” popped into my mind.
At first, I was surprised. I have more than enough courage when it comes to the pushing, type A, hard driving/yang/masculine side—the staring down the lion courage, or the courage of a mouse eating a leopard’s dinner (seriously). I struggle with the soft/yin/feminine side of courage—the courage to be vulnerable, the courage to accept reality exactly as it is and accept my own imperfections without trying to fix or hide them.
Or, as put so eloquently:
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
~ Mary Anne Radmacher
The hardest thing is always exploring the parts that aren’t quite comfortable and don’t come naturally, but it’s always the most rewarding, too.
What’s your word for 2012?