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If there were one item you could take with you when you pass on, what would it be? My dear and gracious friend “Aunt Gert” said many times, “Honey, you ever seen a U-Haul truck pull up with the Hearse?” You cannot take it with you! “ An attachment, writes Anthony De Mello in Awareness, is a belief that without something you are not going to be happy. Once you get convinced of that—and it gets into our subconscious, it gets stamped into the roots of our being—you are finished.” While you are alive, attachments, whether to material items or social...
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Our culture has a tendency to highlight sensational, amazing, miraculous or scandalous acts of courage, such as confessing you were a draft-dodger, confronting a robber with a gun or harming your spouse. The assessment is that if your story is not a headline it can’t be valuable. Not so. I was recently asked  how courage manifests itself in daily living. Dear Sandra: There are many times I find myself responding to a discussion topic as if I know something about it when in fact, I don’t. I feel if I reveal my lack of knowledgeable I will be perceived as unintelligent (silly,...

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How do you define yourself? This is an important question that requires reflection. For example, do you perceive the steps in your life as courageous, or does your ego’s perception of life as survival define your existence? To change this perception requires you to stop, embrace the present and seek the support of others who refuse to encourage your old behaviors. With self-actualization and spiritual courage comes a quieting and shifting of desires. Do you have a childhood “survival story” that you hold onto for dear life? Having claimed your personal courage, now is the time to let go of that...
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courage to become your true self
Courage is not something we stumble upon as we round the corner of the cubicle at the office, but a practical internal resource—a portfolio of personal assets that can bolster your position in defining moments. A woman I will call Emily, an art gallery owner, repeatedly relied on courage in her work. She moved from Colorado to California and back again in her quest for professional satisfaction. Recognizing the potential for failure, she remained true to her essence and refused to settle for less. Emily wielded courage action skills to forge her niche in the art world in spite of significant...
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courageous discipline to find a job
Sold your soul (again!)? Call it what you want, but you know the feeling. You’ve been at your job for over five years and you’re stuck. It’s all you talk about—how you’re uninspired, how your talents aren’t appreciated, how you feel invisible …. But talk is cheap, and if you don’t step up and do something about it (updating your resume, finding a career coach or learning new skills) you will stay stuck for a long time. When you find yourself stuck in an unrewarding job doing thankless work, how do you move forward? Can you identify the obstacles that keep...