by Wendy Strgar December 30, 2010
“Courage is a kind of salvation.” -Plato
Years ago I gave my son a children’s book about courage that illustrated the many small ways that we learn to find courage as we grow up. Everything from standing up and giving a speech in front of the class to saying goodbye to a close friend who is moving away. Starting new schools, new jobs, or new habits all take courage.
Endings take courage too. At least that is how it feels as I come close to the end of this positivity quest challenge. On the one hand, I feel like I accomplished the goal of changing my mind. I am, without question, a much more positive person today than the woman who began this quest a year ago. The first thoughts that come to me now as I face daily challenges are best case scenarios. Fear and anxiety rarely has a story attached and sitting quietly with it in meditation transforms it into something I can hold.
All of the good habits that I have developed over the course of the year should be enough to keep this positive world view alive, but although I feel ready to stop my midnight blogging, it has been, in part, my commitment and discipline to this blog that has kept me both honest and courageous.
Courage has been a running theme throughout the positivity quest blog because as C.S. Lewis wrote: “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” Courage is the foundation for embracing change – both the letting go and the moving forward that real positivity demands. It takes courage to explore the heights and depths of who you are, to imagine a life you want and believe you deserve it, to begin again – as many times as necessary.
Courage is an open heart that saves us and the legs that stay put when fear tells us to run. This positivity quest gave me a truer self than I have ever known and access to a continuous flow of courage.
by Wendy Strgar February 21, 2019
Our sense of smell is ancient and the source of our most powerful emotional memories. It is also the primal sensory pathway to sexual attraction. And yet, we often give little attention to all that our sense of smell can evoke, in part because we have so little vocabulary for scent. Often we're limited to “it smells like…” and delineated only between pleasant and unpleasant.
by Wendy Strgar February 08, 2019
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here is an idea that not only promises to make the holiday more enjoyable, but also has the potential to benefit your relationship for months afterward: working with the contradictions in your heart by finding balance and even synergy between seemingly opposing emotions.
by Wendy Strgar January 24, 2019