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The Many Faces of Bravery.

Written by Denise CornellFuture You

Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.
P.T. Barnum

Does bravery have a particular look? What propels someone to be brave? Is it a conscious effort or an in-the-moment primal response? Bravery is a mystery of many faces, an enigma. We know it when we see it, but it’s hard to pin down.

It is situation specific, person specific and can change in an instant. It can be center stage one moment and missing in action the next.

Sometimes bravery is on grand parade, but more often it shows up in every day moments, imperceptible to the casual passerby. One is not superior to the other as bravery’s magnitude is not measured by its public stature.

A few acts of bravery.

Bravery might look like:

Finishing the tree-top canopy tour after discovering on the very first suspended bridge you’re afraid of heights.

Making eye contact with a stranger on the sidewalk.

Sending your child off with a kiss and a hug when you want to keep them cocooned at home, safe from the world.

Giving voice to the idea you’ve been holding tight in your throat.

A flirty hello after your heart’s been broken.

Speaking truth.

Saying yes.

Saying no.

Raising your hand when you’d prefer to remain invisible.

Stepping through the doors (metaphorical and physical) in front of you.

Believing your own voice over others.

Take up with bravery.

Bravery left unattended shrinks. Don’t leave it to chance. Befriend it. Practice it often. Keep it nimble and watch it blossom.

It will rarely be the easiest choice, but it will always be the right choice.

Written by
Denise Cornell
Denise Cornell is a tech marketing veteran turned marketing consultant based out of Austin, Texas. She helps entrepreneurs to get cozy with their customers. But beyond this, she writes. She writes in service to the examined life, answering the creative call and her personal philosophy of Truth Over Strategy (which is also how she runs her business).

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