I have recently come across a break down of ancient Irish law (Brehon) which shows nine ‘virtues’:
I could do a whole post on them, breaking them down further and explore their meanings and definitions, but I’ll do that another time.
Right now, I want to focus on just one of those virtues… Courage.
Have you ever been inspired by a sentance or a phrase? Maybe even just two or three words that seem to shout out to you and give you the kick up the ass needed?
Mine came from a tattoo.
More accurately, it’s a quote from a movie that I read on someone’s arm.
Artemis had a friend round, Sandy, who stayed with us for a couple of days. We were chatting and seeing the tattoos on her arms, I asked if I could read the words on one of them. And when I did, it was exactly what I needed to hear…. If reading can be classed as listening. And here it is:
Full Quote: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. “
Benjamin Mee, ‘We Bought A Zoo’.
Or as Sandy put it: “… to stop being a pussy…”
I have never seen the movie, as someone who worries a lot (especially about things that haven’t even happened!), this has stuck with me. It has become my mantra for 2015. And it is sooooo true!
We live in an age of fear. Fear of not being accepted, fear of offending someone, fear of the future, fear of being hurt. Fear of war, fear of being sued, fear of doing the right thing (because we end up being accused if we do… If you believe what the Newspapers say, anyway).
Courage is something that is seriously lacking in our world, boy do we need it!
One of the reasons I look to the past is that there are tales of Courage and heroism, and not all of them are centred around men and the ideology of the Male Principle. To turn around and do what is right, to do the thing no one else can or will, to make a stand. That takes courage.
I’m not saying we need to start running around being reckless or stupid, but what would happen if we all started acting bravely? What if we dared, on a day by day basis, to have ourselves of 20 seconds of courage?
You know the ones, right? It’s that feeling in the back of your head and in your gut. Something happens and for a moment the world stops. You know you need to act… Do you?
There are a number of occasions that I remember where I should have acted, but didn’t. I believe that courage can be built up, if we have the will to do something… DO IT! 20 seconds. That’s a lifetime in a split moment. Don’t waste it.
Tell someone ‘No’, say ‘Yes’ to something that you’d normally be scared of. Dare to step in when your friends argue, tell that girl you have a crush on that she’s beautiful, go and do that thing you’ve always been wanting to do but never have done (if not now, then when?).
I’m done with being unsure, like the Lion from The Wizard of Oz once he realised he had his courage already within, it is time to ROAR! * It’s time to stop reacting and start acting. 20 seconds…. That’s all it takes.
*Yeah, I took the title from the Lannister family motto from Game of Thrones… Wat’cha gonna do!?