During a writing project I discovered the last time I performed an act of courage that had a direct impact on me was January 1986. Long time right? It was an act of desperation to save me from myself and whatever lied ahead if I stayed in my environment and state at the time. Like many of you, we unselfishly give or do things with the intent of protecting the well-being of others. That’s a good thing. Some could say selfish courageous acts are unheard of and plain old selfish, but in my case a selfishly courageous act saved me from a path of destruction. This memory brought me to this blogging moment.
A couple of days ago I found myself executing another courageous act which resulted in submitting my resignation of employment from Corporate America - never more to reenter again. Now, I’m not walking away from the workforce but I am embarking on the journey of entrepreneurship and launching P.W. Music Services. The execution felt like an act of desperation, but ultimately the decision freed, or should I say released me from years of turmoil, pain and exhaustion. Corporate America was not an all bad experience, but it was very trying. Liberation is finally starting to settle in. I never knew performing courageous acts took so much out of you. So much so, I was fully deflated and with minimal air to breathe, as opposed to feeling a great sigh of release. In a nutshell, my courageous acts of events went down like this. First, I made an impromptu decision, informed my husband, and proceeded to action. The agonizing pain in my stomach that kept me up all night quickly affirmed I better ask for help. So I promptly texted a small circle of trusted sisters requesting prayer and covering first thing that morning. Second, I implemented the courageous act by simply submitting the resignation. This is it – no turning back. Third, I walked out the courageous act and accepted whatever consequences would come. Lastly, and at the end of the day on bended knees, I cried, gave praise to God and literally collapsed due to pure exhaustion.
That was my experience and act of selfish courage this week. Now it’s your turn. When was the last time you performed a courageous act needful for you? What was it? How did your day unfold? At the end of the day, where were you mentally, physically and spiritually?
In the end, I know that my act of selfish courage was ultimately for YOUR benefit - for your upcoming recovery, your next project, exploration of your inner issues, and pursuit of your next level. Life Coaching - I stand behind it! I live for it! “Aspire to Greatness” is about you.
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Life Coach for the Arts
Sharing my heart, my song, my life for the glory of God and edification of His people.