Consider the Courageous Snowdrop
This morning I tuned in to an interview of Maya Angelou by Oprah Winfrey and was moved by the wisdom and bravery of this amazing woman. Dr. Angelou emphasized that the most important of all virtues is 'Courage', and starting with small steps.
My symbol of courage, and favourite flower, is the Snowdrop. As a ritual I check my garden each December 1st, reassured that they are above the ground. They look fragile but, regardless of the weather, push through and bloom in January - February. As soon as they do, I keep a small bunch on my table for inspiration, and for the joy of looking at them.
Perhaps, like me, courage has had a transient role in your life. At times I have had it, and at other times it required too much of a 'comfort zone' stretch. Yet, the times when I pushed through the fear brought tremendous personal satisfaction... at times accompanied by amazement!
In the movie, Princess Diaries, Mia receives a letter from her father on her 18th birthday: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." (James Neil Hollingworth / Pseudonym: Ambrose Redmoon). Mia's father also reminds her that from now on she will be travelling the road between who she thinks she is and who she can be, and the key is to allow herself to make the journey.
Please take some 'time out' to reflect on what inspires you, what your vision is, and then have the courage to allow yourself to make the journey, one step at a time. If I can support you, I hope you will call.
Until next time...
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada