Today, as we embark on the second half of 2015, I’m starting a new series of blog posts on my current favourite topic – COURAGE. So much that ails the world today stems from fear, and the world needs an antidote.
Over the coming couple of months I’m going to share my Seven Steps to Greater Courage. And, because I used to be a management consultant we’re going to have an acronym. Management Consultants particularly like TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms – kaboom!) but because I like to over-deliver, I’ve created a Seven Letter Acronym, COURAGE, which I will start to explain next week.
Meanwhile, a couple of stories for you.
The Cowardly Lion
I recently found out something interesting about the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. In the movie, the lion joins Dorothy on her quest to meet the Wizard because he wants to ask the Wizard for courage. Even though the lion does many deeds of great bravery on the way to Oz, it is only when the Wizard gives him a badge with the word Courage on it, that he realises he has been courageous all along.
But in the original book, the Wizard doesn’t give the lion a badge. He gives him a drink of a mysterious clear liquid, the precise nature of which is unknown, but according to Wikipedia it is probably gin… which to me makes a lot more sense.
Over the coming weeks I would like to tell you a story about courage and about how I rowed across oceans to find it – only to find that, like the Cowardly Lion, I actually had it all along, and why I believe that YOU and every other person reading this blog post has it too.
Even without gin. 🙂
The Two Wolves
There is a story about a young Cherokee boy who goes to his grandfather, aggrieved because of some perceived injustice, and wanting revenge.
The grandfather listens to his story, and then says, “There are two wolves inside me, having a tremendous fight. The one wolf is fear. It is anger, envy, sorrow, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is courage. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. And you also have these two wolves fighting inside of you.”
“Which wolf will win?” asks the grandson.
The wise old grandfather smiles and quietly replies, “The wolf you feed.”
So let’s explore how we humans can stop feeding the wolf of fear, and started feeding the wolf of courage.
What do you think?
I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you, and I’d love it to be a dialogue, not just me yammering on from my pulpit. So please do me the great honour of posting a comment below to let me know your thoughts on courage, and let’s get this conversation rolling!