“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” … Goethe
Everybody would like to have a guarantee of success. I know that I sure would! But over the years I’ve learned that there just is no such thing. I can line all of my ducks up in a row but if Life has plans for me to be elsewhere … to do otherwise … or to pay more attention then all of those ducks will just merrily swim off into the horizon.
Being a dock jumper from way back I’ve never really given much thought to the fact that other people think that it takes courage to live this way. I would have said that it took a fair chunk of faith … to believe that Life would either catch me or provide a soft surface upon which to land … a lot of hope … (for the same aforementioned reasons) … and a dash of slightly off-the-wall thinking.
Given my penchant for faithfully dashing down new roads with nothing to guide me other than Life’s neatly placed synchronicities … and given Goethe’s definition of courage as being : “The commitment to begin without guarantee of success” … it would seem that I am a lot more courageous than I had previously given myself credit for. Wow … that’s kind of cool. I never really thought of myself as being a brave individual … and I’m not sure that I do now … what I will admit to believing is that there appears to be something that is WAY bigger than me … who seems to be quite O.K. with lending me a guiding hand … the lending of which certainly makes my life run a whole lot smoother!
I’ve decided that I am courageous enough to believe … and that I have the courage of my convictions and dreams … both of which drive me forward. The future … and my perceived part in it … are the drivers that never stop whispering in my ear. Faith in the potential of said dreams are the wings that lift me up and remind me to keep “flying” even when … especially when … the ground is rocky. And Life is … as Bette Midler sang: “The wind beneath my wings”. The world will never give me a guarantee of success and that’s O.K. with me … because I know that as long as I keep dancing with Life … and keep my eyes focused on the bright shiny dreams that we are sharing …that success is as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning.
Arinaste Everyone (from my heart to your heart)