Courage & The Need for Certainty
I made an impulsive purchase of another book last week. Sometimes I wonder if they have a term for binge buying of books!
Anyway, the book is called Courage- The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho.
At that point, I genuinely felt I needed courage. I was not certain of anything and I was feeling frustrated by my lack of clarity about my own life.
So, in the hope to get more courage and feeling more certain, I bought the book.
(Now I am aware of the controversies surrounding the author but I’ve found a tidbit of his writings insightful in past. That’s why I thought to give him a try.)
About 5 minutes into the book, I came across these lines I believed I was meant to read:
I wanted to be courageous & certain.
However, I realized I cannot be courageous unless I’m willing to experience uncertainty.
Life is uncertain after all. Even things you think are certain are not so certain if you really think about it.
The illusion of safety is what often keeps us from taking action on the most important things.
What are these important things?
These are the things beyond your immediate needs of survival.
These are the things that can make you insecure.
These are also the things that make your heart leap with joy.
Because you know what? The word “courage” comes from the Latin root cor, which means “heart.”
So, to be courageous means to live with the heart.
It means taking a leap of faith into the uncertainty.
It means reframing that uncertainty as wonder & insecurity as freedom. The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown.
May you get the courage to live with your heart & experience freedom and wonder! 🙂
That is all from me this week!
Until next time
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