"Most of us assume that
brave people are fearless,
but the truth is that
they are simply
more comfortable with fear
because they face it
on a regular basis."

From the Jun 8 Daily Om



ellen abbott said…
I don't know if it's because they face it on a regular basis. I always heard that courage is being afraid and doing what has to be done anyway.

But I do feel that the economic turndown the last year or so has affected me less than others who have never faced uncertainty before because uncertainty has been a part of my life from the moment I decided to ba an artist and live off my work.
Derrick said…
Not necessarily, Kathleen. Some people are just better at hiding or subsuming their fear. Doesn't mean they don't suffer.
Nessa said…
People are brave because they act despite the fear.
Uncle KT said…
Maybe this is related...but what about the idea of harnessing fear for positive results? If you know your body and mind you can use the adrenaline to propel you forward instead of for running away (which may have been what nature intended!). I've never done anything courageous but I try to do my best to harness my adrenaline to give energetic talks...because my first instinct about public speaking is to run away!

I think that Derrick's point is interesting. My Dad always said, "Never let them see you sweat." So I'd say that sounds like him.
steven said…
a number of people whose lives i have passed through haven't seen themselves as brave and yet that's how i describe them in my stories. brave is a very big place to inhabit in an often very small situation. steven
Barb said…
I like to think courage might be there when we need it, regardless if we had a lot of practice.
Janie said…
Some people seem to feel pain less than others, some worry less than others, and some seem to feel less fear. Is it because they've become used to pain, worry, fear? Or is it because they manage to hide these concerns and focus on other things? I don't know the answer.
Erin Davis said…
I do believe that courage and fear are two sides of the same coin.
Reya Mellicker said…
Ellen definitely speaks for me. I've been on the edge of financial disaster so long, I don't even worry about it anymore. Perhaps that's stupid.

Fear blocks the ability to sense love, it blocks intuition. It is not worth cultivating, though it occurs of course, no matter how brave a person might be.

Actually fear seems in a way, disconnected from courage.

Great, provocative post! Thanks for making me think.
Hilary said…

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