these are the days

Dear Brave Hearts,

These are the days.

I want to send you an ounce of courage and a slice of bravery.  Not the version of BRAVE with capital letters (that is just arrogant); just a regular ol’ ordinary cup of soulful brave.  The authentic lower-case brave.  When I walk bravely to the ledge, I am never sure if I will leap or teeter back to the safety of my comfort zone.

What helps you leap versus retreat?

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I just started reading The War of Art by Steve Pressfield.  Have you read it?  He says, “Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of the resistance.  Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that the enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul.  That’s why we feel so much resistance.  If it meant nothing to us, there would be no resistance.”

I have to share this thought from the book: resistance encourages you to take it easy and be ordinary!  According to Pressfield, resistance is the reason so many people place a basket over the brilliant candle that shines within.

So my wish for you… shine a light on the passions in your life.  Or simply, begin with tiny brave steps:  initiate conversations with strangers, open the door to new and perhaps unlikely friendships, say yes to giving and receiving, begin to forgive or let grudges dissolve, pick up a paintbrush or say yes to an idea that keeps surfacing.   

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So I wrote it on an old t-shirt.  Don’t laugh.

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I wanted to try my textile medium which transforms acrylic paint into washable fabric paint!  You simply mix one part textile medium with two parts acrylic paint (the details are on the bottle).   I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a template, but you could free-hand paint if you don’t have a Silhouette or similar device.

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Same technique on a dish towel.

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*These Are the Days, recorded by Natalie Merchant & 10,000 Maniacs.

Have you heard Courage Is by the Strange & Familiar? The lyrics alone read like a poem, but layered with music and vocals, this song soars. For a preview, please click here.

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I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Blessings, brave hearts…