“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ― A.A. Milne

What does bring brave mean? Does it mean always being strong, having much bravado, a hardened outer shell? Or does it mean allowing yourself to be vulnerable, open to new experiences and challenges, delving into the unknown  in the end overcoming the thing you fear? Is it jumping into something juicy and creative? Climbing an “emotional” mountain and making it to the top in stride? Stepping out of your “comfort” zone, meeting new friends? Or is it standing up for yourself, learning to be clear in thought and saying what you feel, versus what other’s want you to hear? You can be courageous without having to “roar” like a lion. You can be strong, because inside you already are, and always have been. Remember being brave, means being gentle with yourself  until you are ready to fully blossom ..  a butterfly does not become a butterfly right away, first they’re a caterpillar, then spun into a chrysalis .. and when they’re ready..and the time is right .. they bloom.

Lastly, “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coehlo


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