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Courage Is Fear

on May 31, 2015

What an oxymoron for a title of this post right?

Wait….let me explain my rationale…

I fear a list of things.

Besides the creepy crawlies, I would be fearful of the dark or things that go bump in the night! Who wouldn’t unless one is skilled in mixed martial arts I guess.

Blame it on the boogey man tales and things under the bed…ha ha…Grimms has to take the rap for that! šŸ˜€

But I also believe that from fear, I develop courage to overcome.

I fear the unknown but I have the courage to research or ask pertinent questions to better understand any given situation so as to best manage it.

Courage stems from confronting my fear.

Each time my doctor gives me a foreboding diagnosis by assigning percentages to any outcome of surgery – I am literally scared out of my wits.

A 70% chance failure…..or 90% paralysis or 10% survival…I suck at math and the question of probabilities is to me…”probablities of recorded incidents of morbidities” and it points to my outcome.

I play “Russian Roulette” with my doctors each time. Yes I may have beaten the odds but I suffer side effects which is what I have to live on….better than the worst case scenarios I guess šŸ™‚

Courage is to me accepting these stats and researching as to what components make this set of stats and who the surgeons were of “botched” or “successful” outcomes. Hence, research as who is outstanding in the market and I don’t mean the fella below! LOL!


Courage is conquering my fears and full acceptance of what is commonly ” the worst case scenario versus the best case scenario”

After my spinal surgeries, I feared overhead bridges of 70 or more steps up and 70 or more steps down per side.

Last week, I gave it a shot – not a wise choice as my surgeons do not adovocate stair climbing…so vertical marathons are off my bucket list ha ha!

My legs wobbled and I could feel my unsteady gait. My mind was steely but my legs were another.

As I clung onto the hand rails, I made it up each step and finally on reaching my intended destination, I heaved a giant sigh of relief.

It was a tough escalation and descent but I made it!

I have also learnt that courage in speaking up for others or standing up against wrongs felt by others is a challenge in society.

People tend not to see or “go with the flow” to avoid issues of confrontation or tacit diplomacy.

In such a given situation, after speaking my piece and if my piece is not accepted, I usually vote with my feet. Thereafter if rules of laws are broken, I eagerly await the long arm of the law to grab these morons by the neck so that they will eventually learn.

Collectively if we pay for a service but if the service provider chooses to collect a fee but not provide the service, then the office bearers must do something to ensure that the service provider is taken to task to be accountable.

Failure to do so by the office bearers is their shortcomings to the entity and they too must be liable as they condone the actions of the service provider they paid on behalf of a community for service.

Courage is having the ability to speak up, right a wrong and not be fearful of the outcome.

In fact the fear of an unjust outcome must be the root cause of a burgeoning courage to stand firm and not perpetuate a wrong.

I don’t know if this makes sense to you but I often see group behaviour as hiding and riding on the coat tails of others. This cannot do as each individual is an individual and let’s not forget that šŸ˜‰

It’s Sunday folks and……


Happy Sunday folks šŸ˜€

3 responses to “Courage Is Fear

  1. Raymond says:

    Reblogged this on Encouraging Life and commented:
    Stand on your feet and conquer your fear.

  2. Sister Madly says:

    Courage isn’t the lack of fear, but the decision to act in spite of that fear. This is rarely easy.

    You have always been a strong and courageous woman to me, Ms. Garfield Hugs!- and no doubt to the rest of the blog sphere as well! You are an inspiration to many- and I sincerely mean that! ;c)

    • Garfield Hug says:

      Wow!! This is so kind of you. I am grateful to you Sister Madly for stopping by to read. You made my day šŸ™‚ *humbly takes a bow*
      Yes you are right on acting in spite of that fear. We all try….
      Meanwhile I will go squark like a chicken in my corner…heh heh..

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